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Lackawanna

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Description: Tug; Steel
Dimensions:   length - 137.1 ft.    width - 25 ft.   depth - 14.7 ft.
    Tonnage:     gross - 340        other -
Propulsion: Steam; Single propeller
Machinery: (1) Triple expansion 3 cylinder engine, cylinder diameters 17", 24", 41" with a stroke of 30", Nominal Horsepower 92, manufactured by J.H. Dialogue & Son
        Cargo:

The Shipwreck

  Date Sunk: August 15, 1915.
         Cause: Collision.
     Location: Nantucket Sound, Southwest of Handkerchief Shoal.
Coordinates:   Latitude, 41o - 28.2'N   Longitude, 70o - 08.1'W
         Loran:

    Late in the evening of August 15th the tug Lackawanna was towing three barges from New York to Portland, Maine. While proceeding up Nantucket Sound toward Pollack Rip Channel she met the tug Triton with the barge Nanticoke in tow. The tugs cleared one another but for some reason Nanticoke swung out and collided with the eastbound vessel. Whether it was the result of wind or current cannot be said, but the barge tore open Lackawanna's side. Mortally wounded the tug sank within minutes carrying two of her crewmen to their death.
    Lackawanna's barges were anchored and later towed to Portland by the Triton.

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Dive Site Conditions

Depth in feet: maximum - 50minimum - 20
Visibility in feet: average -
    The vessel's remains are scattered on a sandy bottom. Her bow lies at a depth of 20 feet while the stern is down around 50.

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Historical Background

Constructed:    year - 1900   where - Camden, New Jersey
                      builder - J.H. Dialogue & Son.
Construction details: 1 Deck.
Crew: 16 ;     Master: B.W. Lewis (1903-04)
Owners: Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R.R. Co.
Home or Hailing Port: New York, N.Y.
Former Name(s) and date(s): .
Official number: 141675.      Country: U.S.A.
Other Comments: 1903-04 Lloyds Register of shipping lists the vessel as a steam schooner , however a photograph of the vessel, in the May 17, 1990, Fishermen magazine, clearly shows the vessel to be a tug, although it has two masts.

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Salvage

    T.A. Scott Wrecking Company, New London, Connecticut surveyed the wreck but determined it could not be salvaged. Abandoned to the U.S. Government, the wreck was cleared by dynamite in May of 1916.

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Sources:
Lloyds Register of Shipping; 1903-04
Merchant Vessels of the United States; 1901
Merchant Vessels of the United States, Vessels Lost Chapter; 1916
The Fisherman, magazine; May 17, 1990

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