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FLORIDA West Coast Shipwrecks USCG Blackthorn Wreck Tampa
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The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys. Includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches.
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U.S.C.G. BLACKTHORN Tampa

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Blackthorn, Hull # WLB 391, was built at Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Corp. Duluth, Minnesota, on May 21, 1943. She was launched on July 20, 1943, and commissioned on March 27, 1944. She was 180 feet long, had a 37 foot beam and was pushed by a single screw. The Blackthorn's cruising speed was ten knots and her maximum speed was 13.5 knots. Her complement consisted of three officers, two warrants and 42 crew. 

In January of 1980, the Blackthorn was in a collision with the tanker Capricorn at the mouth of Tampa. A total of 23 of the Blackthorn's Coast Guard crew were killed in the accident. The Blackthorn's damaged hull was towed into 80 feet of water and sunk on January 28, 1980, in an area known as Pinellas County Artificial Reef # 2 as a dive site and artificial reef. Divers will reach the top of this wreck at 30 feet. She is usually covered with a blanket of bait fish.

Photo: The Blackthon's cruising speed was ten knots and her maximum speed
was 13.5 knots. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard.

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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