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Vizcaya ( "Spanish Steamer" )

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Shipwreck Vizcaya

Type:
shipwreck, steamer, Spain
Name:
Vizcaya is a Basque province in northern Spain. The Basques are a fiercely independent seafaring people of unknown origin.
Built:
1872, England, as Santander
Specs:
( 287 x 38 ft ) 2458 gross tons, 103 passengers & crew
Sunk:
Saturday October 30, 1890
collision with schooner Cornelius Hargraves - 60 casualties
Depth:
80 ft

The sinking of the Vizcaya was truly a maritime tragedy. The coal schooner Cornelius Hargraves was apparently under full sail at night with no running lights when it struck the Vizcaya, almost cutting the steamer in half. The Hargrave's bowsprit then raked across the Vizcaya's deck, demolishing the lifeboats and everything else in its path. The Vizcaya sank in minutes, and soon afterwards the Hargraves settled to the bottom nearby.

Survivors of the Cornelius Hargraves picked up several from the Vizcaya in their lifeboat, while a few survived by clinging to the protruding mast tops or were picked up by passing ships. None of the women and children aboard the Vizcaya survived.

Today, the Vizcaya is a large low debris field, the highest points being the boilers and engine. It occasionally produces artifacts, and is known as a good lobster wreck. I am told that the deck beams in the drawing below are greatly exaggerated, and that the boilers are much bigger than shown.

Shipwreck Vizcaya

Shipwreck Vizcaya

Shipwreck Vizcaya


Cornelius Hargraves

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Shipwreck Cornelius Hargraves

Type:
shipwreck, schooner, USA
Built:
1889, Camden ME, USA
Specs:
( 211 x 45 ft ) 1332 gross tons, 10 crew
Sunk:
Saturday October 30, 1890
collision with steamer Vizcaya - no casualties
Depth:
80 ft

A typical wooden sailing ship wreck, with three parallel walls, machinery pile at one end, and odds & ends in-between.

Cornelius Hargraves - Dive Sites & Shipwrecks - New Jersey Scuba Diving Another New Jersey shipwreck - the Cornelius Hargraves. A fine show of a typical late 1800s sailing ship wreck, with three parallel walls, machinery pile at one end, and odds & ends in-between

Shipwreck Cornelius Hargraves
The steam-powered anchor winch

Shipwreck Cornelius Hargraves
A bit lies in the middle of the wreck

Shipwreck Cornelius Hargraves
A pair of wheels


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