The freighter Mercedes I was built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1952. She was 194 feet long, had a 30.6 foot beam and displaced 496 gross tons. The Mercedes I washed ashore next to the Kennedy Estate in Palm Beach 23 Nov 1984. At a cost of $223,000 from a Federal fund, the Mercedes I was finally pulled from the beach and sunk on 30 March 1985. The Mercedes I now rests in 97 feet of water, one mile off the shore of Ft. Lauderdale on a sand and coral bottom. This wreck now abounds with marine wildlife.