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The Charles H. Spencer was built by the Robertson-Schultz Company in San Francisco, California in 1911 for the American Placer Corporation. The steamboat was disassembled and transported by railroad and ox cart to Arizona. In Warm Creek, Arizona, the...  more »
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(Photo from the National Hurricane Center.)Selma was a Design 1100 concrete oil tanker constructed in 1919 as part of the American WWI "Emergency Fleet". Her sister ship was the Latham. Both ships were built at F.F. Ley and Company in Mobile, Alabama....  more »
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Sapona was constructed in 1920 by the Liberty Ship Building Company in Wilmington, North Carolina for the United States government originally part of the planned 24 ship World War I emergency fleet. Her sister ship was the Cape Fear. Like the concrete...  more »
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In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Emergency Fleet Corporation into existence to build 24 reinforced concrete and iron merchant steamships for use in the first World War. Steel and iron supplies were extremely low in numbers, having been...  more »
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The location of the wreck is provided in detail by the official website regarding the history and dangers of the Richard Montgomery.The Richard Montgomery was built in 1943 at the St. John's River Shipbuilding Company in Jacksonville, Florida. She was...  more »
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SS McKittrick was built in 1921 in Wilmington, North Carolina for the United States government, originally intended as an "Emergency Fleet" concrete hulled merchant ship named the Old North State for World War I. Due to war's end, half of the fleet was...  more »
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USS Corry is a shadow of her former self. No guns or armament remain as the ship was demilitarized and partially scrapped in 1930. Only the basic hull and all decks lower than the boat deck remain. Corrosion and deterioration from nearly a century of...  more »
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Olympian was constructed in 1883 at Harlan and Hollingsworth shipyards in Wilmington, Delaware for the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company. Her near sister ship, the Alaskan, was constructed at the Delaware Iron Ship Building and Engine Works in...  more »
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Over the years, USS San Diego has obtained considerable damage. As she sank, San Diego capsized and rolled completely upside down. Everything from her boat deck up is now either crushed or buried in massive amounts of silt. The ship lies "turtle" or...  more »
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The Dix lies on her starboard side, amazingly well intact despite being made of wood, albeit covered in local marine life. The wheel house and superstructure, often absent on wrecks of her type are still in place and highly recognizable, as is the...  more »
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Due to strong currents and the 200 foot plus depth of the wreck site, the City of Rio de Janeiro is likely a difficult dive which requires technical diving; specifically since it is at a depth greater than 130 feet. A 3D representation of the wreck...  more »
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As there is no current documentation regarding the current state of Clallam, only educated guesses can be made regarding the shape of the vessel by comparison to like shipwrecks. Clallam may have mostly rotted as the majority of her structure and hull was...  more »
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Diving Pacific would be impossible. It lies at over 900 feet below sea level, far too deep for even technical scuba diving. The wreck would need to be explored with an ROV or a manned submersible. While the position of the wreck has been confirmed by the...  more »
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The state of San Juan's wreck is unknown as no diving accounts or photographs exist online. Data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the exact co-ordinates of the San Juan. At some point, the wreck was documented by...  more »
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The wreck of Valencia lies in very shallow waters and its remnants are highly visible to underwater divers as the sun's light still penetrates at her depth. Be warned that the same treacherous currents, sharp jagged rocks and pounding surf which killed...  more »
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The wreck lies in 163 feet of water, meaning it is diveable but probably requires some experience before attempting. The waters off Long Island are a busy shipping lane for large vessels heading into New York City and its surrounding ports. This section...  more »
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(Columbia in 1880 under full sail and steam in rough weather. Columbia had an elegant and magnificent Brigantine auxiliary sail layout which further complimented her pre-existing elegance.)Columbia was built by the Delaware Iron Shipbuilding and Engine...  more »
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One hull fragement, approx 10' x 30'. High potential for more of the ship to be located nearby  more »
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Located south of Cleveland, NY and just after the bottom drops off from the weed growth in the shallow depths into slightly deeper water. Popular fishing spot.  more »
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Called the Shackelton barge as it is located north of Shackelton Point.  more »
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Also known as the "Glass Barge" as it was carrying fine sand for the purpose of making glass. Was on its way to Oswego. Glass Barge pics.  more »
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Known as the ‘newspaper barge’ as many newspapers were floating in the water after this barge sank. Located between Dunham and Frenchmen islands. The barge is about mid-way between buoy T2 and a shallow water marker several hundred feet to the...  more »
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Approximately 100 ft. in length with 7 segmented compartments. The barge is at a bearing of 275 ° (True) and 1 2/3 miles (8830ft) west from location of the Thomas H. Laying in N-S direction.  more »
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Approximately 100 ft. in length with 7 segmented compartments. The barge is at a bearing of 255 ° (True) and 900 ft. west from location of the Thomas H. Laying in N-S direction.  more »
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Approximately 100 ft. in length with 7 segmented compartments. The barge is at a bearing of 293 ° (True) and 620 ft. west from location of the Thomas H. Laying in N-S direction  more »
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