Description: tug, steel.
Dimensions: length 137.1 ft., width 25 ft., depth 14.7 ft.
Tonnage: gross 340, other.
Propulsion: steam, propeller.
Machinery: (1) Triple expansion 3 cylinder engine, cylinder diameters 17", 24", 41" with a stroke of 30", nominal horsepower 92, manufactured by J.H. Dialogue & Son.
Cargo: Not Applicable.

The Shipwreck

Date Sunk: August 15, 1915.
Cause: collision.
Location: Nantucket Sound, Southwest of Handkerchief Shoal.
Coordinates: latitude 41° - 28.2' N; longitude 70° - 08.1' W.

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.
Visibility in feet: average.

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.

Historical Background

Constructed: in 1900, at Camden, New Jersey by J.H. Dialogue & Son.
Construction details: steel; 1 deck.
Crew: 16; Master: B.W. Lewis (1903-04).
Owners: Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R.R. Co.
Home or Hailing Port: New York, N.Y.
Official number: 141675. Country: U.S.A.
Other Comments: 1903-04 Lloyds Register of shipping lists the vessel as a steam schooner, however a photograph of the vessel, in the May 17, 1990, The Fishermen magazine, clearly shows the vessel to be a tug, although it has two masts.

Salvage

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.

Sources:

Lloyds Register of Shipping; 1903-04
Merchant Vessels of the United States; 1901
Merchant Vessels of the United States, Vessels Lost Chapter; 1916
The Fisherman, magazine; May 17, 1990