(underwater images courtesy of
|The City of Washington
was a 301 foot vessel built in 1877. In July 1917 the ship was under tow
by the Luchenbach and Seneca when all three vessels ran aground on Elbow
Reef in the Florida Keys. The tow vessels were refloated, but the City
of Washington broke up on the reef and now lies scattered in the shallow
waters of the reef. The City of Washington found her place in history
while moored in Havana harbor with the USS Maine in 1898. When the Maine
was destroyed by a mysterious explosion the crew of the now damaged City
of Washington rendered aid to the survivors of the Maine’s crew.
(l) Sand filled remains of hull shell plate; (r)
Bow shell plate.
(l) Remains of mooring bullard ; (r) Engine and screw shaft mounting.
(l) Focs'le ladder; (r) Deck house railings.
(l) Hull ribs; (r) Riveted keel shell plate.