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FLORIDA East Coast Shipwrecks Halsey Wreck Ft. Pierce
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The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys. Includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches.
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HALSEY Ft. Pierce

The SS Halsey was built in 1920 by Bethlehem SB Corp, Alameda, California. She was 435 feet long, had a 56 foot beam, displaced 7,088 gross tons and was powered by a single screw, triple expansion engine. The Halsey was owned by American Petroleum Transport Corp., of New York. On May 6, 1942, the Halsey was en route from Corpus Christi, Texas to New York with a cargo of 80,000 barrels of fuel oil, gasoline and naphtha. The Halsey was struck amidships on her port side by a torpedo and sunk by Capitian Peter Cremer of the U-333. According to Crewmen in his book U-BOAT COMMANDER " the Halsey was silhouetted by the Jupiter Lighthouse". After the initial explosion the Halsey split in half and burst into flames. All 32 of her crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, and were later towed to Gilbert Bar Coast Guard Station by a local fishing boat. The crew had been nearly asphyxiated by the toxic naphtha fumes. As a side note the U-333 (Fiedler) was sunk in July of 1944, by the HMS Starling off Scilly Isles.

According to diver Joe Roberts, the Halsey sits on a sand bottom in 65 feet of water, approximately three miles apart and 13 miles from Ft. Pierce Inlet. Divers will hit a maximum depth of 85 feet in the wash out around the wreck. The wreck is broken into three sections. The bow and stern are upright while the mid section is upside down. The site is also known as Two Freighters and Southeast Wreck.

According to Craig Swavely, there is a small landing craft inshore from the Halsey in 35 feet of water, and in between the Halsey and the Amazone are the remains of a crane and four barges. The crane and barges were in the process of salvaging the Halsey when they got caught in a storm and sunk.

Photo: The Halsey sinks after being struck amidships by a torpedo. Photo courtesy The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia.

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By Dan and Denise Berg, 180 pages. Shipwrecks are an important complement to the natural coral reefs as a sport diving attraction in Florida. From the barley discernable ballast piles of the 1733 fleet to the almost perfectly intact modern ships sunk specifically as artificial reefs throughout the state, shipwrecks inspire an aura of mystery and fascination. Florida Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the shipwrecks around the state of Florida. This downloadable ebook contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 235 shipwrecks. Florida Shipwrecks includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches. Divers , snorkelers, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history diving or the sea will surely find this ebook fascinating, as well as indispensable.

 

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