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The battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts, BB-2, was built by William Cramp & Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and launched in 1893. She was 586 feet long, had a 69 foot beam and was commissioned on June 10, 1896. 

In March of 1898, at the outbreak of the Spanish American War, she was ordered to join the "Flying Squadron" and participated in the blockade of Cuba. On May 31, she bombarded the forts at the entrance to Santiago de Cuba. She also exchanged fire with the Spanish cruiser, Cristobal Colon, and forced the enemy vessel to retreat into the inner harbor. The Massachusetts also cruised the eastern seaboard and Caribbean as part of the North Atlantic Squadron, and on February 31, 1919, she was decommissioned. On January 6, 1921, batteries from Fort Pickens scuttled the U.S.S. Massachusetts. 

She now rests in 21 feet of water with some of the wreckage poking through the ocean's surface, one mile off Fort Pickens jetties. The Massachusetts is still partially intact, and on calm days when a surge is not present, she makes a good shallow water dive. According to Gene Ferguson, the visibility at this site is often limited, and the current can be quite strong. The current normally flows from west to east.


Photo: The U.S.S. Massachusetts was 586 feet long and had a 63 foot beam. Photo courtesy Naval
Photographic Center.
The Massachusetts was scuttled on January 6, 1921. Photo courtesy National Archives.

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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