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The Tonawanda was built in 1863 by William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia. Before being completed, she was purchased by the Union Navy on June 27, 1863, and converted to the Union Steamer Arkansas. She was 191 feet long, had a 35 foot beam and displaced 752 tons. The Arkansas was barkentine rigged and was pushed by a single screw vertical low pressure engine to a top speed of 15 knots. Her armament consisted of four 32-pound, one 20-pound, and one 12-pound muzzling loading rifles. She was commissioned on September 5, 1863, with Lieutenant D. Cate in command. The Arkansas served as a tug and transport in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, and she was even credited as capturing one prize, the Watchful, on September 27, 1864. She was decommissioned on June 30, 1865, and sold on July 20 of the same year. 

On August 1, 1865, she was re-documented Tonawanda. On May 28, 1866, the propeller steamer Tonawanda stranded on Grecian Shoals. This wreck's name is commonly misspelled Towanda and is one of the four wrecks sunk within The Elbow, a reef structure that juts out into the Gulfstream. From the early sailing days, this reef has claimed many ships. Along with the Tonawanda, divers will find the City Of Washington and Civil War Wreck in the same area.

Basic shipwreck information and images for this section of this site was taken with permission from the book Florida Shipwrecks by Daniel Berg. You are invited to submit your shipwreck related articles, images and information. As long as the text, photographs, sketches etc are of professional quality we will showcase them. Full credit will be provided and a same page link to your web site can be arranged.

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By Dan and Denise Berg, 180 pages. Shipwrecks are an important complement to the natural coral reefs as a sport diving attraction in Florida. From the barley discernable ballast piles of the 1733 fleet to the almost perfectly intact modern ships sunk specifically as artificial reefs throughout the state, shipwrecks inspire an aura of mystery and fascination. Florida Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the shipwrecks around the state of Florida. This downloadable ebook contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 235 shipwrecks. Florida Shipwrecks includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches. Divers , snorkelers, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history diving or the sea will surely find this ebook fascinating, as well as indispensable.


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