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SS Copenhagen was built in Sunderland, England in 1898 and used to transport cargo across the Atlantic. Two years after the her launch, the Copenhagen sank on a voyage between Pennsylvania and Cuba. The Copenhagen was transporting almost 5,000 tons of coal when it ran aground. The crew began unloading the cargo, but were not able to free the vessel from the reef. The crew abandoned the vessel.

The wreck was visible above the water for a long time so the Navy used it for target practice during World War II, before it sank. The engine, boilers, propeller, and other machinery was stripped from 325 foot long ship. It is well preserved and many of its features are still recognizable. During an excavation attempt, the bow was removed. It lies 200 yards southeast of the wreck. 

Today, the Copenhagen has become an artificial reef.  Located on the Pompano Dropoff reef south of Hillsboro Inlet, the SS Copenhagen became the fifth Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve when it was dedicated in 1994. There is a plaque noting this distinction south of the wreck.  This was followed on 31 May 2001 with its addition to the US National Register of Historic Places.