B. H. Rigg, U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
OF FIELD ENGINEERS BULLETIN
June 1931, p. 50.)
In the early
part of July, 1930, while dragging in the middle of Long Island
Sound, the drag, set at an effective depth of 42 feet, hung
in a charted depth of 53 feet of water. The tender sounding
on the obstruction obtained a depth of 38 feet, with indications
of shoaler depth.
diagram. The basic principle is to drag a wire attached
two vessels If the wire encounters an obstruction it will
come taut and form a "V".
to clear the drag failed and it was decided to take it in. Solidly
hooked, it looked for a time as if we would have to part it.
Suddenly something let go and the wire came sliding in bringing
a vessel's mast to the surface. The freshness of the paint and
the condition of a running light attached to the mast gave evidence
that it had been in the water but a short time.
was marked "unfinished" on the field sheet and a location
of the obstruction with the note "probably a wreck" was
sent to the Washington office.
time after this as the party was preparing to leave the
dock, a little old man came bustling down to the dock and
asked for the captain of the launch. He introduced himself
as Captain Timmons and said his business was salvaging sunken
ships. We later found that Timmons was 71 years old and
was the oldest salvage man on the Sound. He brought with
him a copy of a marine magazine with a copy of the notice
that had been sent to the office reporting the obstruction.
was pointed out on the chart and the mast was shown him. With
a piece of the wreckage and our story as a guide, he returned
to Brooklyn to try to identify the boat. As a clue, he knew
the approximate height of the vessel, obtained from the difference
between the charted depth in the locality and the sounding obtained
on the top of the wreck, namely, 53-38.
heard from Timmons again; this time he greeted us with the
smiling statement that he was sure the obstruction we had
located was a missing oil barge. As if in answer to this,
the body of a man, identified as the captain of a missing
oil barge, was found a week later about six miles from the
spot where we had pulled up the mast.
organized a company and a diver went down on the wreck.
He reported it to be resting upright in the mud and in perfect
condition; also that it was the boat Timmons thought it
was. The boat known as Reliable Fuel Oil Supply Barge No.
3 had sailed about dusk from Brooklyn on January 30, 1930,
bound for Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a cargo of oil.
No one could be found that had seen or heard of her after
that night. At the time of her disappearance, the crew consisted
of an engineer and a captain. The engineer was never found.
After the disappearance of Barge No. 3, two women appeared
at the insurance office and claimed the insurance of the
missing captain, both offering proof that they were married
to him. As neither of the men could be proven dead, the
matter could not be settled until the boat was found.
three days' work with divers and a floating crane, the craft
was raised and towed into Brooklyn. The water was pumped
out and 300 pounds of live fish were found in the hold.
article is accompanied by a plate entitled "WIRE DRAG SURVEYS,
LONG ISLAND SOUND" and showing seven photographs, captioned
launches Marindin and Ogden
Aftermast of Salvaged Tanker
Types of Intermediate Buoys
Setting Out the Drag
Salvaged Tanker Found in 52 Feet of Water)