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Description: freighter, steel.
Date Sunk: February 12, 1942.
The paper trail leading to the demise of the Dixie Sword is scant at best. Lost in the early months of
the World War II, the vessel received no press coverage. It was rumored that the Dixie Sword was
torpedoed off Nantucket and sank while attempting to make shallow water. This story probably arose
from the fact that news of the sinking was withheld from publication so as not to alarm the
Dive Site Conditions
Depth in feet: maximum 32, minimum.
In the 1960s, noted wreck diver and author, Brad Luther wrote of many dives on the wreck. At that time much of the vessel remained above the sand, although most of its compartments had been filled. Today, MetroWest Dive Club member, Pete Reagan, has done numerous drift dives in the area of
the wreck and reports that the vessel is completely sanded over.
Constructed: in 1919, at Newark, N.J.
by Submarine Boat Corporation.
Treacherous currents made early salvage difficult. Unlike many other New England wrecks, the Dixie
Sword's hull was not blown up for it's metal content.
1988-89 (?) - David Morreau of Dunn Corner, R.I., purchased salvage rights to the vessels cargo
from the underwriters "Cargo Salvage Corp." of New York, for 10% of what was recovered.