Skip to main content
Video Player

Empire Mica

The HMS Empire Mica was a 465-foot-long British tanker in use during WWII. Built in 1941, it carried fuel for the Royal Air Force. On June 29th, 1942, it was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank 21 miles due south of Florida’s Cape San Blas in 110 feet of water. Today, the wreck is a shadow of the magnificent tanker it once represented after the Coast Guard bombed the stern and bridge to reduce threat to navigation. Much of the wreck is now a dilapidated conglomeration of iron silently crewed by snapper, grouper, barracudas, and bait fish.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
June 29, 1942 110 ft. 465 ft. 61 ft. 29° 18.6822’ N
085° 21.228’ W
Date of Sinking June 29, 1942
Depth 110 ft.
Length 465 ft.
Beam 0 ft.
Location 29° 18.6822’ N
085° 21.228’ W

Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, Panama City

SEARCH
Local Dive Shops

“Take only pictures, leave only bubbles.”

  • State Seal of Florida Ron DeSantis, Governor
    Laurel M. Lee, Secretary of State

Privacy Policy | Accessibility

Questions or comments? Contact Us
Submit a public records request.

Media | Connect

Florida Department of State
Phone: 850.245.6500

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Copyright © State of Florida, Florida Department of State.