Delaware, Maryland & Virginia Shipwreck
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Delaware, Maryland Shipwreck
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Downloadable Shipwreck Location GPS and Loran Coordinate List for Maryland and Delaware. You can download the file and then print the list
from your own computer. Please note that while many of the
numbers on this list are confirmed many are not. The list
was complied from numbers sent in by local fishermen and
divers and compiled into this printable PDF. We invite you
to use the list and ask only that you e-mail any additions
or corrections so we can update future additions.
GPS/Loran lists available
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For more detailed information on
any of the above listed shipwrecks please refer to Gary Gentile's books.
Delaware and Maryland
Shipwrecks of Delaware and
Maryland - 2002 Edition
GARY GENTILE'S POPULAR DIVE GUIDE SERIES
ISBN 1-883056-11-X softcover with color covers 6 x 9 vertical,
240 pages, 81 color photos, 87 black & white photos. Over 400
GPS and loran numbers included $20.00
Virginia Shipwreck Book
Shipwrecks of Virginia
GARY GENTILE'S POPULAR DIVE GUIDE SERIES
ISBN 0-9621453-3-5 softcover with color covers 6 x 9 vertical,
216 pages, 57 color photos, 116 black & white photos. Over 400
loran numbers included $20.00
African was a 370' long freighter. on 5 January 1909, she ran aground on the
shoals near Smith Island. The wreck was wire dragged as a hazard to
navigation in 1939.
She now sits in only 30
feet of water making it quite easy to locate (you wont need a
compass for this one)
and it also serves an easy dive because of it's shallow depth.
Offshore Paddle Wheeler courtesy
also known as the Offshore Paddle wheeler
This is one of my
favorite wrecks! This deep-water paddle wheeler lies at 165 feet
and is in an area with usually very clear water.
The Cherokee was a 120 foot tug built in 1891. She was originally
named the Edgar F Luckenbach and displaced 272 gross tons. On
February 26, 1918 the Cherokee was caught in a gale and foundered
about 12 miles off the Fenwick Island Light Vessel She went down
with thirty of her crew. Today the wreck sits in 90 feet of water
and is a popular dive site for spear fishing as well as artifact
The Chilore was an ore carrier traveling in convoy. She was hit
twice by torpedoes fired from the U-576 but managed to stay
afloat. Unfortunately, she drifted into the minefield off Ocacroke
Inlet and hit a mine. The sturdy vessel once again refused to
immediately sink. A few days later the vessel finally rolled over
onto her side and went down. This wreck has been wire dragged as
a hazard to navigation and is now scattered across a large area.
The China Arrow was a
tanker built in 1920. she was 468 feet long had a 62 foot beam and
displaced 8,403 gross tons. The China Arrow was sunk after being
torpedoed by the U-103 on February 5, 1942.
The China Arrow's
remains have never been positively identified. she is assumed to be
sunk in deep water off Virginia.
The Clythia was a 214' iron hulled bark. On January 22,
1884 she ran aground while transporting a cargo of Italian Marble.
The Clythia or Marble Wreck as she is more commonly known
was salvaged heavily. The wreck now sits in 20 feet of
water. Portions of the wreck protrude above the surface at low
City of Annapolis Shipwreck
The City of Annapolis
was a Excursion Steamer built in 1913. She was 261 feet long had a
53 foot beam and displaced 1,924 gross tons. On February 24, 1927
the City of Annapolis was steaming in dense fog and was sunk due to
collision with the City of Richmond.
Today the City Of
Annapolis wreck sits in 70 feet of water. She was wire dragged to a
depth of 65 feet as a hazard to navigation. Today and her hull is
intact and upright but sits in an area of strong currents and poor
The David Atwater was
a collier built in 1919. She was originally named the W.J. Crosby
and later re-named the Crabtree. The Atwater was 253 feet long
had a 43 foot beam and displaced 2,438 gross tons. On April 2, 1942
the Atwater was sunk by torpedo fired from the U-552.
Today the David
Atwater wreck sits in 70 feet of water. Divers can easily recognize
her boilers and engine.
The Dorthy was a
freighter built in 1918. She was 309 feet long had a 48 foot beam
and displaced 2,873 gross tons. The Dorthy was originally named the
Biran. On September 1, 1929 the Dorthy was sunk due to collision
with the SS Eurana.
Today the Dorthy
wreck sits in130 feet of water. According the Gary Gentiles book
shipwrecks of Virginia the wreck is upright and intact. Visibility
in the area can be poor.
Edward Luckenbach Shipwreck
The Eidsvold was a freighter
built in 1902. She was 250 feet long, had a 34footbeam and displaced 1,570
gross tons. The Eidsvold was originally named the Vika then re-named the
Sjoa and Frutera before finally Eidsvold. The Eidsvold was sunk by the U-151
on June 4,1918. The wreck has never been discovered or positively identified
but is assumed to lie in deep water off Virginia.
The Ethel C was a
freighter built in 1943.She was 328 feet long had a 44 foot beam and
displaced 2,847 gross tons. The vessel was originally named the
Wrenwood and later re-named the Collingbourne before finally Ethel
C. The Ethel C foundered and sunk on April 16,1960. Today she sits
in 185 feet of water.
Bottles and artifacts
recovered from the Eureka shipwreck. Photo courtesy
Lillian Luckenbach Shipwreck
Marine Electric Shipwreck
USS submarine S-5 231 feet
long and displaced 876 tons. She was commissioned on March 6,
1920. On September 1st of the same year, the subs main induction
valve was left open in error. Her crew was able to close valves to
most areas but her Torpedo Room completely flooded. Basically the
S-5's bow was filled with water and caused the vessel to sink nose
first. Her crew realized that the sub's length was greater than
the depth of water. They pumped water out of her stern until her
stern protruded above the ocean's surface. The crew utilized a
hand drill and a hack saw blade and spent over 24 hours creating a
hole large enough to pass a make shift flag through. Fortunately
the Atlanthus observed the wreck and sent a life boat over to
investigate. Soon after the George W. Goethals arrived. The
Goethals had a radio aboard and called for help. The Goethals crew
worked from the surface to enlarge the tiny hole in the subs hull.
Many hours later all 40 of the S-5's crew and officers wiggled
Today the S-5 sits in 160
feet of water. The wreck can be entered by those with proper
experience and training.
Yorktown Fleet Shipwrecks
of Underwater Explorers
Maryland Shipwreck Directory.
Exeter House Books (June 1989)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches