The Verbena was originally a 170-foot long US Coast Guard buoy tender. The ship was decommissioned and sold to become the menhaden fishing vessel Nancy Lee. In 1989, the vessel was sunk as an artificial reef in 60 feet of water east of Cape Lookout, inshore of the Caribsea.
The Verbena is an intact wreck in relatively shallow water. The sandy bottom is about 60 feet deep and the wreck rises to within 25 feet of the surface. It is a successful artificial reef covered in fish life year round. It is center cabin vessel with little opportunity for penetration. On the bow of the vessel is a large cargo hold open to the sea, there is another large open bay on the stern of the ship.
The large schools of fish create a prime feeding ground for the Atlantic Sand Tiger Shark. This animal can be seen in great numbers on this wreck, and the easy feeding found on the wreck creates a plethora of sharks teeth left on the wreck. While the shark is feeding, these teeth are knocked loose and fall to the flat surfaces of the wreck. There they wait until some lucky diver finds them. Because of the closeness to the shoals, visibility on the Verbena averages 20-25 feet.