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.