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Halfway Wreck

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.

The 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.

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