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Description: tug, steel.
Date Sunk: August 15, 1915.
Late in the evening of August 15th, the tug Lackawanna was towing three barges from New York
to Portland, Maine. While proceeding up Nantucket Sound toward Pollack Rip Channel, it met
the tug Triton with the barge Nanticoke in tow. The tugs cleared one another, but for some reason
Nanticoke swung out and collided with the eastbound vessel. Whether it was the result of wind or
current cannot be said, but the barge tore open Lackawanna's side. Mortally wounded, the tug sank
within minutes carrying two of its crewmen to their deaths. Lackawanna's barges were anchored and later towed to Portland by the Triton.
Dive Site Conditions
Depth in feet: maximum 50, minimum 20.
The vessel's remains are scattered on a sandy bottom. Its bow lies in 20 feet of water while its stern is at approximately 50 ft.
Constructed: in 1900, at Camden, New Jersey by J.H. Dialogue & Son.
T.A. Scott Wrecking Company, New London, Connecticut surveyed the wreck but determined it
could not be salvaged. Abandoned to the U.S. Government, the wreck was cleared by dynamite in May 1916.
Lloyds Register of Shipping; 1903-04