USS Corry (DD-334)

US Navy Destroyer partially scrapped and abandoned.
by Matthew Anderson


Year Built

1921

Year Sank

1930

Depth

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Difficulty Level

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USS Corry (DD-334)

Wreck Location

Corry lies southwest of Vallejo, California (north end of the San Francisco Bay Area) at the mouth of the Napa River. It is only reachable by boat, but has become partially fused onto an island making the wreck explorable from land. The wreck is very unstable and has been heavily corroded by time and neglect, so it's advised that people wanting to explore Corry do so at their own risk with heavy supervision. The superstructure and armament has long since been removed and large holes exist upon the deck, so it is not recommended that anyone walk upon it as it is a lethal to fatal hazard. Other parts of the hull can be explored underwater by recreational diving, but most of the wreck is above water.

~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   38° 10' 0.0516" N      Longitude:   -122° 17' 14.37" W

Description

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 neglect has seen the ship's remains rust away at a fair pace.She appears to have a list to port with her starboard side making up part of a small island shoreline and a small beach head having formed off her starboard stern. Gun posts and bases still remain on parts of the wreck. Giant holes in the deck mark where the magazines and superstructure once stood. The basic hull shape is entirely recognizable. Despite her current situation, Corry is in better cosmetic and asthetic shape than most similar beached hulks.

Footnotes

USS Corry (DD-334)

USS Corry (DD-334) was constructed by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in San Francisco, California in 1921. Her conception came from a destroyer construction program launched by the US government during World War I to help counter the German U-Boat threat. Needless to say, Corry was completed long after the war had ended. Corry mostly operated on naval cruises off the Alaskan coast and in the Carribbean. Due to the older design and having been worn from use, Corry was retired in 1929. In 1930, Corry was partially scrapped due to the Great Depression and was abandoned on the Napa River where she currently lies.




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