Cuyahoga

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Year Built
1927
Date Sunk
20 October 1978

Previous Name
None
Depth
100 feet

Gross Tonnage
320
Dimensions
125 x 24 x 8

Vessel Type
C. G. Cutter
Power
Twin Diesels

Builder
N.Y. Ship Building
Official Designation
WIX-157

Owner
U.S. Coast Guard
Location
27022.4

Home Port
Yorktown, VA
Location
41369.6

Cause of Sinking
Collision w/MV Santa Cruz II
Location
-

In Brief

11 sailors died after this Coast Guard Cutter was struck and sunk by the MV Santa Cruz II. The Marine Casualty Report stated that “possibly contributing to the loss of life in this casualty was the large amount of bedd, personal clothing, and other equipment for which there was no proper stowage or means of securing on Cuyahoga. On impact, this material came adrift, and may have impeded the escape of those men below decks” .

After being raised for the investigation it was determined that the boat was not worth repairing and was resunk near the wreck “John Morgan” as an artificial reef.

The wreck is upright and relatively intact and easy to enter (although entaglement hazards exist) and is considered an excellent lobster wreck.

Source “Shipwrecks of Virginia” Gary Gentile 1992

County VA
lat 36.960833333333333
Lng -75.369583333333333

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