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Vashon was a steel hulled double ended ferry boat built for the Kitsap County Transportation Company in 1930 by the Lake Washington Shipyard at Houghton, Washington, locally famous for reconstructing the destroyed ferryboat Peralta into the iconic Puget...  more »
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In May 1942, the United States Naval Intelligence in Pearl Harbor intercepted a message from the Japanese military, underlining a plan to deal a fatal blow to the US Navy in another surprise attack with a force of aircraft carriers and battleships. They...  more »
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Ohioan was built in 1914 by the Maryland Steel Company at Sparrow's Point, Maryland for the American - Hawaiian Steamship Company. She was a steel hulled freighter 407 feet long with a top speed of 12 knots. She was powered by a single quadruple...  more »
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(Harvard in a 1912 postcard, in her years with the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.)The SS Harvard was built in 1907 by the Delaware Iron Ship Building and Engine Works in Chester, Pennsylvania for the Metropolitan Steamship Company in New York. Her...  more »
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To those that know of the rigid airships, USS Akron (ZRS-3) and USS Macon (ZRS-5) are not only among five rigid airships ordered and operated by the United States Navy, but are machines that evoke the imagination with their complexity and innovative...  more »
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SS Marine Lion was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission in 1942 as a Type C4-S-B2 cargo ship. The Type C4 class was the largest type of cargo ship Marcom ordered during the war. She was built and launched on July 10, 1944 by the Sun Shipyard...  more »
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Lyman Stewart was built in 1914 by the Union Iron Works in San Francisco, California for the Union Oil Company. During World War I, she was comissioned into the United States Navy as the USS Lyman Stewart (ID-4537). On October 7, 1922, Lyman Stewart was...  more »
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The TV Frank H Buck was built in 1914 by the Union Iron Works in San Francisco, California for the Associated Oil Company. It was named after the vice president of the oil company and christened by Mr. Buck's niece. In September 1914, the Frank H Buck...  more »
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The City of New York was built in 1875 by the Delaware Iron Ship Building and Engine Works of John Roach and Sons in Chester, Pennsylvania for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. She made her maiden voyage from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia via Fiji...  more »
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(The USS Arizona in 1917 outside the New York Navy Yard. This was Arizona's original appearance and profile. She looked far different on the day of her destruction in 1941.)(Launch of the Pennsylvania-class Battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) at the Brooklyn...  more »
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The Santa Rosa was built in 1884 by the Delaware Iron Ship Building and Engine Works of John Roach and Sons in Chester, Pennsylvania for the Pacific Coast Steamship Company by the Oregon Improvement Company and was to be owned by the Oregon Railway and...  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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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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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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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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(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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