Half Moon (shipwreck)

The Half Moon (also known as the Germania and Exen) was a racing sailboat; it sank in 1930 near Miami, Florida, United States. The wreck is outside Bear Cut, which separates Virginia Key from Key Biscayne. Christened Germania, the racing yacht featured a chrome-nickel steel hull built by Krupp-Germania-Werft in 1908 in Kiel, Germany. During a visit to England in 1914, the yacht was seized as a 'war prize'. After changing owners several times, and surviving an especially-violent storm off Virginia, the yacht became a floating restaurant and dance hall off Miami. It sank near Key Biscayne in 1930. In 2000, the wreck became the seventh Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve. In 2001, it was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.

Germania, 1908
Germania, 1908
  • Germania (1908–1917)
  • Exen (1908–1921)
  • Half Moon (1921–1930)[1]
Namesake: Halve Maen
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany
Cost: 704,024 marks
Launched: 1908
Fate: Sank, 1930
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 250 t (246 long tons)
  • 47.21 m (154 ft 11 in) o/a
  • 32.94 m (108 ft 1 in) w/l
Beam: 8.17 m (26 ft 10 in)
Draft: 5.41 m (17 ft 9 in) max.
Sail plan:
  • 2-masted
  • Sail area 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2)
Crew: 40
Half Moon (shipwreck)
Half Moon (shipwreck) is located in Miami
Half Moon (shipwreck)
Half Moon (shipwreck) is located in Florida
Half Moon (shipwreck)
Half Moon (shipwreck) is located in the United States
Half Moon (shipwreck)
LocationMiami-Dade County, Florida, US
Nearest cityMiami, Florida
Coordinates25°43′39″N 80°8′4″W / 25.72750°N 80.13444°W / 25.72750; -80.13444Coordinates: 25°43′39″N 80°8′4″W / 25.72750°N 80.13444°W / 25.72750; -80.13444
NRHP reference No.01000531[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 31, 2001
Designated FUAP2000


  1. ^ a b "Half Moon" (PDF). museumsinthesea.com. 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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