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Pemberton

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Lightship

Description: Schooner barge, collier, 3 masted; Wood
Dimensions:   length - 184.4 ft.    width - 35.1 ft.   depth - 16.2 ft.
     Tonnage:     gross - 839        other -
Propulsion:
Machinery:
        Cargo:


The Shipwreck

  Date Sunk: February 13, 1907.
         Cause: Burned.
     Location: Nantucket Sound, east of Nobska Light, Woods Hole.
Coordinates:  Latitude, 41o - 30' - 59.2" N  Longitude,70o - 37' - 41.211"W
         Loran:  14120.6 and 43946.8

    While bound from Boston for South Amboy, New Jersey, the schooner barge Pemberton caught fire off Nobska Point and burned to the waters edge. There were no fatalities, valued at $25000 the vessel was uninsured.

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Dive Site Conditions

    Depth in feet:   maximum -    minimum -
Visibility in feet: average - .

   Loran C coordinates given by the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources put Pemberton in Falmouth Harbor near the 29 foot depth reading on the map below.
    However, primary source documentation only list the vessel as having "burned to the waters edge off Nobska [Point]".
    Brad Luther, in his 1965 publication "The Vanishing Fleet", puts Pemberton;"11/4 miles E X N of Nobska Light, Woods Hole", in 37 feet of water at coordinates 41o - 31' -14" N and 70o - 37' - 38" W. These coordinates would put the wreck near the "RG" bouy.


For a wider angle view of the chart below click on the image.

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Historical Background

Constructed:    year - 1899   where - Bath, Maine
                      builder - Kelly, Spear & Company.
Construction details: .
Crew: 3 ; Master: E.L Snow (1899)
Owners: Staples Coal Company (1899).
Home or Hailing Port: Fall River, Massachusetts.
Former Name(s) and date(s): .
Official number: 150815.      Country: U.S.A.
Other Comments:

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Salvage

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Sources:
MapTech Mapserver
A Maritime History of Bath Maine; Vol.II, Baker, 1973
Merchant Vessels of the United States; 1906
Merchant Vessels of the United States, Vessels Lost Chapter; 1907
New York Maritime Register; February 20, 1907
The Vanishing Fleet; Luther, 1965

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   These files are under construction. Any information, specifically dive site related, would be greatfully appreciated.  

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