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The New England Shipwreck Expo Directory Capt. Dan Berg's Guide to Shipwreck information
Historical and current New England Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.
 


Click on wreck name on chart for complete history of each shipwreck. Or check out our complete data base of New England shipwreck information below.
 

MA/RI/ME Shipwrecks
(A-C)
MA/RI/ME Shipwrecks
(D-K)
MA/RI/ME Shipwrecks
(L-R)
MA/RI/ME Shipwrecks
(S-Z)
Adventure Shipwreck
Albert Gallatin
Alice Clark
Alva shipwreck
Amsterdam Shipwreck
Angela
Alice Colburn
Andie Anderson
Andrea Doria  
Anti Submarine

Aransas Shipwreck
Arco
Atlantic Shipwreck
Baleen
Bayville Barge

Barataria Shipwreck
Belleville
Benjamin F Packard

USS BASS
Black Point Shipwreck
Bone Wreck
California 
Capt Buster

Capitol City
Car Float Shipwreck
Celtic Shipwreck
Commodore
Condor Shipwreck

Centennial
Champion
Charles Haight
Chelsea
Chester Poling
Chinese Schooner
City of Rockland
City of Salisbury
Commodore
Coyote
 
Delaware (MA)
Defense Shipwreck
Dixie Sword
Ellanor Van Dusen
Empire State
Essex
Flow
Forest Queen
G1 Submarine
G-2 Submarine
Gem
Glen Island Shipwreck
Grecian
Greenport Wreck

Gwendoline Steers
Grouse
Harry Glen
Henry Endicott
Herbert
Hercules
Heroine
Hilda Garston
Horatio Hall
Hvoslef
Idene
Jennie R. Dubois
John Dwight
John Downs Shipwreck
John Phillips
June K
Kadosh
Kiowa
 
 
 
Lady of the Lake
Lansford

Larchmont Shipwreck
Lexington Shipwreck
L8 Submarine
Leyden
Lightburne
Maine Shipwreck
Marise Shipwreck
Marise
Murphy Shipwreck

Myronus Shipwreck
Mars Shipwreck
Mary Arnold
 
Metis

Millicent Ann
Mohave
Monhegan
Montana
New Hampshire
Onondaga
PC 1203 Shipwreck
Pendleton
FC Pendleton
Pinthis
Polling Brothers #2
Port Hunter
Portland
Pottstown
Republic Shipwreck
Rhode Island
Romance
 

 



 

S-21 submarine
Saetia
Sagamore (MA)
Sagamore (ME)
Sankaty Head
Sea Connett
Seneca
Spartan (RI)
St Francis
Storm Petrel Shipwreck
Sweet Sue
PT Tieti
Trajan
Trojan
Thames Shipwreck
Thumper Shipwreck
U-853
Vineyard Lightship
Volund
William Crowin
Winsor
USS Yankee
YF 415 Shipwreck

 

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   Portland Shipwreck

The paddle wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898.

According to the The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary "The sanctuary, in partnership with the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut (NURC-UConn), visits Portland yearly with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to learn about the steamship's construction, why it sank, and the experiences of the passengers and crew
during the storm. Portland's loss is New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900.

Four years of historical and archaeological studies by the sanctuary and NURC-UConn culminated in Portland's inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The steamship is significant to the history of New England and more specifically to the history of Maine and Massachusetts"

On December 8th 2008 the following story was posted on The Deco Stop. "Forget about the blizzard of 1978. The granddaddy of all New England storms is the Gale of 1898. Caught in the middle of its howling winds and towering seas, the steamer Portland tried, but failed, to ride out the waves, finally sinking and taking 192 passengers and crew to a watery grave. Tonight, Peter Mehegan recounts that fateful event. And Mary Richardson brings us a 21st century coda: the story of five Massachusetts adventurers who did the unthinkable, testing the limits of human endurance as they dove nearly 500 feet to see the wreck up close for the first time".

   Volund Shipwreck

The Volund
Sank September 26, 1908
Discovered October 9, 2003 by the NOAA vessel Thomas Jefferson

First dive operations by the crew of the dive boat Baccala conducted October 17th, 2003.
Divers confirmed the wreck to be the Norwegian Tramp Steamer Volund.

Photo and side scan sonar image courtesy Mark Munro http://www.soundunderwatersurvey.com/SUS/Wrecks/volund.htm
 

 

   Trajan Shipwreck

Sailing Bark Trajan
The Sinking and Discovery of A 19th Century Lime Carrier
On December 6th 2008  the discovery and identification of the shipwreck Trajan in Newport Harbor was the culmination of luck, perseverance and research by Divers/Maritime Historians John Stanford and Mark Munro.

     The Trajan was a Bark rigged sailing vessel and took her name from the Roman Emperor Trajan.  She was built in 1856 at the yard of H. Merrian in Rockland Maine, had a length of 125’, a beam of 29’ 6” and a draft of 13’.  From 1856 to 1864 she made several passages between New York, Cuba, and England.  By 1867 she was engaged in the Rockland Lime Trade under the command of Captain W. Sleeper. At the time of the Trajan’s loss, August 17, 1867, she was on a voyage from Rockland Maine to New Orleans carrying a cargo of lime.  Lime was a dangerous cargo: if it got wet, a chemical reaction created heat and sometimes caused the schooner to catch fire.  This was to be Trajan’s undoing.

    On September 27, 2008 Munro and Stanford conducted a Side Scan Sonar and Magnetometer Survey in the area where extensive research indicated the Trajan shipwreck should be located.  On the fist side scan sonar pass a large prominent target was observed with the dimensions from the sonogram consistent with what might be expected if it were the Trajan. During post processing it was also noted that there was a significant magnetometer reading associated with this target. 

    Not wanting to wait until the spring to investigate this target they decided to plan a winter time exploratory dive.  On December 5th 2008 they motored to the site in Stanford's AVON and using a depth recorder located a rise on the bottom at the predicted location of the target.  The two then anchored the boat over the site.  After donning they're dive gear and descending to the bottom they were greeted by a large mound of concreted Lime. Stanford and Munro then knew that they had indeed found the long lost remains of the Trajan.

Side scan sonar image and text courtesy Mark Munro
http://www.soundunderwatersurvey.com/SUS/Wrecks/Trajan.htm
 

   Jennie R. Dubois Shipwreck

Built: Holmes Ship Building Company, West Mystic Connecticut
Keel laid: April, 1901
Dimensions: 249' x 46' x 26.9'
Tonnage: 1952 net, 2227 gross
Cost: $100,000
Launched: February 11, 1902
Sunk: September 5, 1903
Cause of sinking: Collision with S.S. Schoenfels

On February 11th, 1902, in West Mystic, Connecticut, the largest coasting schooner built outside of the Maine shipyards slid down the ways of the Holmes Shipbuilding Company. Nineteen months later the Jennie R. Dubois, sunk in a collision with the Steamship Schoenfels, was resting on the sandy bottom southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. Once cleared as a menace to navigation, the Dubois was lost to history and her location remained unknown to local divers and historians. Join me, Mark Munro, in this presentation on the recently discovered secrets of the five-masted coasting schooner Jennie R. Dubois.

Image and text courtesy Mark Munro
http://www.soundunderwatersurvey.com/SUS/Wrecks/JRD.htm
 

 

Hunting New England Shipwrecks Welcome to Hunting New England Shipwrecks. This site was created with the help of several of my friends and fellow divers. As you explore the site, you'll find that it provides historical backgrounds, pictures and other information on some of New England's most well-known shipwrecks. It also provides maps and charts of the area, and detailed information on locating and diving on wrecks.  The waters along the New England coast are beautiful but treacherous. Over the years, rocky shoals, storms and fog have claimed many vessels. Some are sunk in deep water, while others can be found near shore and even on the beaches. Some ships didn't even have to sink to become wrecks.
 

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New England Shipwreck Diving  The purpose in creating an exempted shipwreck site is to preserve such sites for the continued enjoyment of the recreational diving community. "Exempted" shipwreck sites have, quite literally been exempted from the Board's permitting process. Recreational diving activities, including casual artifact collection, on these sites does not require a permit from the Board. However, any major disruption of the site is prohibited. The List of Exempt Shipwrecks is open to modification. The recreational diving community is encouraged to protect these sites for the continued enjoyment of all.
 

 

 
       
 

 

 

 

 
 

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