Selected as one of the dive sites for the Upper Keys to be on the Shipwreck Trail, the City of Washington sank on July 10, 1917. The City of Washington is located approximately six miles off Key Largo, Florida between buoys seven and eight in the northern region of The Elbow Reef, approximately 500 yards from the Elbow Reef Tower.
Today, the City of Washington is broken up into numerous pieces which are scattered along the ocean floor. Prominent identifying features of the site include a single column of four propeller shaft bearings as well as the ladder leading to the stern of the wreck. The bow and upper half of the vessel have been either destroyed in the wrecking event or salvaged.
The City of Washington is home to many organisms such as the yellow tail snapper, barracuda, parrot fish and various corals. The City of Washington is also well-known for green morays. The wreck is popular to local dive instructors as a training site since currents are usually mild and the maximum depth of the wreckage is only 25 feet.