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Black Point

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Collier Black Point
(Bill Palmer collection)



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Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Black Point
Other Names Previous names - Nebraskan and Fairmont
Vessel Type Collier
Owner C. H. Sprague & Son Co.
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 368' / 55' / 30'
Tonnage 5,553
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Steam / Prop
Cargo Coal
Built 1918 at Camden, NJ
Date of Loss May 5, 1945
Reason for Loss Torpedoed by German sub U-853
Fatalities 13 crewmen
Location 3 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. 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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