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MONTANA shipwreck paddle wheel Bermuda   MONTANA shipwreck Bermuda scuba diver        

By Capt. Dan Berg

Photo: Montana's paddle wheel. Photo by Peter Phillips. Diver on the Montana shipwreck. Photo by Alan Marquardt.

This English paddle wheel steamer and civil war blockade runner was 236 feet long, had a 25 foot beam and displaced 750 tons. She was powered by 260 nhp twin oscillating cylinder engines. This vessel used at least three other names during her short life in an effort to elude the suspicions of Yankee spies; they were Nola, Gloria, and Paramount. On December 30, 1863, enroute from London to Wilmington, North Carolina, while carrying a cargo for the Confederacy and after completing the first leg of her dangerous maiden voyage across the stormy Atlantic, the Montana, sailing under the name Nola, attempted to enter Bermuda to take on coal. Under the command of Captain Pittman, she was wrecked near Western Blue Cut on Bermuda's reefs. A steam boat from St. George's went to her assistance and was able to save much of her cargo and crew, but could not pull her free from the reef due to a ten foot hole in her side.

Underwater sketch of the Montana. Courtesy Professor Gordon Watts, East Carolina University.

Today, the scattered remains of the Montana or Nola lie in 30 feet of water eight miles northwest of Dockyard. Her bow is relatively intact, while her engine stands upright with her two paddle wheels easily recognizable. Her stern, section is slightly separated from the main wreckage. In the stern divers will find her elliptical fantail which is now heavily overgrown with coral. This wreck lies within swimming distance from the Constellation wreck, which crashed into the same reef in 1942.


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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