Once we determined the wreck commonly
thought to be the "Eagle Boat 42" was not in fact an Eagle Boat, we began
researching this ship again. Heather Caldwell of Northern Atlantic
Dive Expeditions passed along some information on a wreck location
approximately 1.5 SW of the former wreck that Eric Takakjian discovered some
years ago and felt might be
the Eagle Boat 42. His description was of the stern of a wreck
sticking up at a very steep angle and no bow in evidence.
Ryan King, Al Boyarsky, Jeff Goudreau and I dove what we believe to be
this site in late November of 2009 and indeed found the stern of a wreck coming
out of the bottom at approximately a 45-50 degree angle. The depth to
the bottom is 200FSW - the top of the stern is approximately 25 ft. higher. However, we
do not believe that this is an Eagle Boat based on the rounded, cruiser
stern. This wreck appears to be one approximately 100 - 150 feet in
length, and the fact that the stern is only exposed for about 50 feet
in length leads us to believe the bow is likely missing entirely.
stern of this wreck is shown in the picture to the left, and shows the
rounded, shallow stern with an undercut atypical of the very square stern of an eagle
boat shown below. The stern of this unidentified wreck has been blasted apart
immediately below the area in the photo, likely during the sinking.
The deck of the halfway wreck is completely cleared of all deckhouses or
other raised objects save a few cleats, and a small bitt on the stern.
There do not appear to be any openings on the deck that would correspond to
the locations of deckhouses removed prior to the sinking. Several small hatchways
along the sides of the ship lead below decks (photo below right), and appear
similar to those seen on some of the steel barges we've found in this area
in the past.
The sides of the wreck show no signs of any railing The photo above shows
the location of a hatchway close to the starboard side of the wreck, and
shows the lack of any railing which is also
similar to some of the barges we've seen in the area. Another dive
would be required to ascertain whether it was a powered vessel or not.