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Halsey Wreck

 | By Seamus on 1/14/2018 1:33:05 AM | Views (3254)

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.

The Halsey sits on a sand bottom in 65 feet of water, approximately 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.

Catch Information

Species:
Gag Grouper
Gag Grouper

Lionfish
Lionfish

Sheepshead
Sheepshead

Spadefish
Spadefish

Yellowtail Snapper
Yellowtail Snapper

Depth:65 feet (19.81 meters or 10.83 fathoms)

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Halsey Wreck is a fishing spot. A shipwreck or wreckage from a sunken vessel is located at this spot.

This fishing spot was added to the database on 1/14/2018 1:33:05 AM by Seamus and last updated on 3/13/2023 8:51:27 AM.


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Ft. Pierce, FL US


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