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KATE shipwreck Bermuda propeller and shaft underwater photo            

By Capt. Dan Berg

Photo: Courtesy Alan Marquardt

The English iron steamer, Kate, was built in Whitby, England in 1874. She was approximately 200 feet long, displaced 1,413 tons and was enroute from Galveston, Texas to La Harve, France, under the command of Captain James Simpson. On November 30, 1878, with 3,602bales of cotton in her holds, the Kate struck an unknown reef 22 miles northwest of Gibbs Hill lighthouse. Soon after this incident, the vessel also hit Long Bar and began to take on water. Captain Simpson summoned assistance, and the Kate was soon taken in tow by the tugboat, Ackerman. Due to the extensive damage suffered, the Kate had to be grounded in an attempt to prevent her from sinking. Salvage operations were commenced and approximately 120 bales of cotton were saved. On December 10th, a gale broke the Kate up considerably and blew her remains into deeper water. Almost 3,500 bales of cotton were recovered during a salvage operation that took place soon after the accident.

Today the Kate sits in 45 feet of water. Her boilers, engine, propeller shaft and deck winches are all easily recognizable. Divers can also find her propeller sitting alone on top of the reef in 20 feet of water.

The information listed above was taken with permission from the Book:
A Vacationing Divers Guide to Bermudas Shipwrecks,
by Dan and Denise Berg, 6x9 softcover,73 pages.
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by Dan and Denise Berg, 6x9, 73 page downloadable ebook. From the first quarter of the 16th century, Bermuda became a landmark for Spanish ships sailing back to Spain from the New World. The desire to sight Bermuda to confirm their position often ended their voyage as they wrecked on Bermuda's outer reefs. To this day Bermuda's treacherous reefs have taken their toll on shipping. The reefs have claimed vessels ranging from ocean lines to small fishing boats. Bermuda Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the legendary wrecks around Bermuda. Bermuda Shipwrecks includes over 100 illustrations comprised of 61 sensational color photos, 17 rare b&w historical images, 19 stamps, 4 sketches plus one map. Bermuda Shipwrecks contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 55 of Bermuda's most popular Shipwrecks. 

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