Dubbed the “The Lulu,” after local businesswoman and project support Lulu Buffet, the new wreck is latest artificial in an initiative by the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation to grow dive tourism in the region. The project, almost a year in the making, is scheduled to culminate when explosive charges send the ship to the bottom in approximately 115 feet of water, 17 miles offshore of the Alabama/Florida border. On board attractions for divers include a massive open hold measuring 200 feet long and 28 feet deep and a large superstructure astern with four decks and several opportunities for penetration.
Scuba Diving magazine will be onsite for the big christening event Friday, May 24, at Lulu's Homeport Marina. Then we'll watch the scuttling event on Sunday, May 26, from the VIP/Media boat 17 miles offshore. And finally, we'll dive the Gulf of Mexico's newest artificial reef on Monday, May 27.
The Lulu (a.k.a. M.V. Yokamu)
Location 17 miles south of Perdido Pass on the Florida – Alabama border
Type steel hulled cargo ship
LOA 271 feet
Beam 39 feet
Profile 57 feet, 4 top decks** **