I'm looking for recent dive/fishing reports of the Radford. If you've been there in the last year or two, I'd like to hear what you found. In particular, where is the stern now? I can find no reports since 2012.
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- shipwreck, freighter, USA ( United Fruit Company, now Chiquita )
- 1904, Ireland
- ( 330 x 44 ft ) 3358 gross tons, 35 crew
- Saturday January 17, 1942
collision with C2-class freighter Santa Elisa - later torpedoed by U-123 - no casualties
- 100 ft
The San Jose was dynamited in the 1950's. Today she sits in 100 ft of water on a mud bottom. Her wreckage is spread over a wide area, with the main portion of the hull on its port side, pretty much intact. She can be penetrated and divers can enter long corridors with adjoining rooms. The bottom of silty mud can be disturbed very easily, dropping the normally poor visibility to zero.
The San Jose was a passenger freighter, with a small number of cabins for paying passengers, although no grand facilities as might be expected on a liner.
Sailing Timetable - 1912
Sailing Timetable - 1916
The Santa Elisa sinking after being torpedoed by Italian motorboats in the Meditteranean. ( At least the water is warm. ) Santa Elisa was the same class as Algol
Type IXB U-boat U-123, decommissioned and scuttled in port August 1944. Later raised and put in service by France until 1959.
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