Hunting New England Shipwrecks


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Bark Wanderer
ashore on Cuttyhunk
(Author's collection)

 Wanderer headline
The Boston Globe
(Author's collection)

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Wanderer and crew members
(Author's collection)

New York Times report
on the Wanderer wreck
(Author's collection)

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 Wanderer
Other Names  
Vessel Type Whaling Bark
Owner Gifford & Cummings
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 116' / 28' / 16'
Tonnage 303
Hull Construction Wood
Propulsion Sails
Built 1878 at Mattapoisett, MA
Date of Loss August 26, 1924
Reason for Loss Dragged anchor onto rocks in storm
Fatalities None
Location West side of Cuttyhunk Island, MA, just off shore
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 41-25-18N / 70-56-36W
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 20' Maximum
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Completely broken up, but small artifacts remain wedged between the rocks
Diving Considerations An easy dive
Other Information  
Attention Divers
The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors.  For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.

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