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The Gulf Trade broke in half behind the bridge after being torpedoed, not uncommon for an oil tanker. Many of the crew died in the ensuing inferno, and the escorting Coast Guard cutter was almost torpedoed while attempting their rescue. The bow grounded on the spot, and has since been reduced to rubble, but the stern drifted almost ten miles to deeper water, and is more intact. The stern is a very big wreck that rises 20 ft off the bottom in places, although most of the wreckage is lower and jumbled. Cavernous spaces in the big part of the wreck are easily penetrated. The wreck is easily navigated since it is contiguous with well-defined edges. It is festooned with monofilament and old wire lobster pots, so many that I think someday when the wreck is gone, you will still be able to dive the pile of traps. One point of reference is the triple-expansion steam engine. However, you can easily miss it, as it is very broken-down, with only one of the three cylinders intact. What made me take a closer look was a crank arm leaning against the wreckage, looking like a six-foot box-end wrench. The boiler is nearby, but so large that you might not at first realize what it is. Broken fire tubes are exposed at the far end. There is also a great deal of piping, which you would expect on an oil tanker. We will be diving the Stern Section.  The wreck lies at 90Ft. Great for Lobster and artifacts.

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