Hunting New England Shipwrecks
The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.
|Vessel Name||Black Point|
|Other Names||Previous names - Nebraskan and Fairmont|
|Owner||C. H. Sprague & Son Co.|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||368' / 55' / 30'|
|Propulsion||Steam / Prop|
|Built||1918 at Camden, NJ|
|Date of Loss||May 5, 1945|
|Reason for Loss||Torpedoed by German sub U-853|
|Location||3¾ miles SE of Point Judith, RI|
|Coordinates (Lat/Lon)||41-18-55N / 71-25-33W|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||100' Maximum|
|Typical Visibility (feet)||5 - 20'|
|Wreck Condition||Vessel broke in half on sinking. The bow section (most of ship) is upside down, the stern (approx. 50' section) is upright and located approx. ¼ mile from the bow. The U-853 (see U-853 information) was depth charged and destroyed by the U. S. Navy on the same day.|
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