The Dutch Wreck

"Dutch Wreck" -- Steamship Laertes The Dutch steamship Laertes was built in 1919 by Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company, Hong Kong. Owned by Nederland Stoomy, she was 423.9 feet long, had a 52.3 foot beam, displaced 5,825 tons and was pushed by a single screw triple expansion engine. The Laertes was powered by a 413 nhp triple expansion engine and had a top speed of 13.5 knots.On May 3, 1942, the Laertes was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine. Some say it was the work of the U-564, while others claim it was the U-109. At the time she was on a voyage from New York to Bombay, with a 5,230 ton cargo of war supplies, including three aircraft, 17 tanks and 20 trucks. A total of 18 of her crew went down with her.

Today the Laerte's scattered wreckage sits in 72 feet of water eleven miles off Port Canaveral. This wreck is also locally known as the Dutch WreckThe data was processedusing the grid model editor in Teledyne PDS

Sonar Used: SeaBat 7125

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