The Larchmont Shipwreck
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Side scan sonar image of the Larchmont. Courtesy Mark Munro,
American Underwater Search and Survey.
The paddle wheel steamship Larchmont was built in 1885 in Bath
Maine. She was originally named the Cumberland. She was 252 feet
long had a 37 foot beam and displaced 1,650gross tons. In 1902 she
was purchased by the Joy Steamship Line and re-named Larchmont.
February 11th, 1907the Larchmont left Providence, Rhode Island
en-route for New York. A winter storm soon struck which caused high
seas and reduced visibility. The Larchmont and the coal schooner
Harry P. Knowlton collided in this blizzard. The Larchmont went down
within 20 minutes, only three miles from Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
According to the New York Times " The schooner came on with a speed
that almost seemed to equal the gale that had been pushing her
toward Boston. Even before another warning signal could be sounded
on the steamer's whistle, the schooner crashed into the port side of
the Larchmont." Captain McVey claims he was the last to leave his
sinking ship. Other survivors claim the Captain and his crew were in
the very first lifeboat, leaving the frantic passengers to fend for
themselves. Due mostly to the freezing winter weather over 143
The Larchmont now sits in 135 feet of water in the Long Island
Sound, only 3 miles from Watch Hill. Capt Eric Takakjian reports
that one of the Larchmount's paddle wheels stands upright. The other
is lying down. Her hull is intact with visibility averaging 5 to 10
feet. Diving is only recommended at slack high water. This wreck is
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