Hunting New England Shipwrecks


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(Bill Carter collection)

 Chelsea bow (ca. 2000)
(Jim Lee photo)

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.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Chelsea
Other Names Former name Texaco #145
Vessel Type Coastal tanker
Owner Peerless #1 Corporation
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 170' / 30' / 12'
Tonnage 556
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Oil-fired engine / Propellers
Cargo Fuel oil
Built 1919 at Bath, ME
Date of Loss February 10, 1957
Reason for Loss Grounded on Sandy Bay Breakwater, then sank
Fatalities None
Location Off Rockport, MA - 1/2 mile NE of Thatcher Island.
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 42-38-52 N / 70-34-11 W
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 60' Maximum
Typical Visibility (feet) 10-40'
Wreck Condition Vessel broke in half after sinking. Bow is upright and intact; stern is broken up and scattered.
Diving Considerations Strong current area; dive at slack tide only
Other Information  
Attention Divers
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