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CITY OF ATHENS

The 3,648 ton steamer City of Athens was built in 1911 by the New York Shipbuilding Co. She was 331feet long, had a 40 foot beam and was originally christened the Somerset. 

On May 1, 1918 the City Of Athens went down in a dense fog after being rammed by the French warship La Glorie.  "The steel hull of the warship cut through the side of the steamer like paper, making a huge hole" She went down rapidly taking over 65 people with her to a watery grave.

Today the wreck sits in 110 feet of water 20 miles out of Hereford Inlet NJ. The wrecks four boilers and massive engine provide the sites highest relief. This wreck is also known as the Refrigerator Wreck due to the how chilly waters surrounding the wreck usually are.

City of Athens. Courtesy Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Bottles recovered from the City of Athens. Courtesy Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

City of Athens. Courtesy Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.


 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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