Ridgefield

Grand Cayman Islands,Caribbean

James A Butts was a Liberty ship laid down by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock in December 1944, and was launched in February the year after for the US Maritime Commission. After the war she changed both name and owners a couple of times before she in 1958 sailed under Liberian flag as Ridgefield. Under a journey from Maracaibo to Galveston loaded with alcohol and grain she hit ground outside Cayman Island 18. December 1962. Firmly stuck on the reed she was slowly broken down by tidal waves and broke in two parts. The wreck is totally broken down to bits these days and the battered remains of her rest partly visible on the surface and down to a depth of ten meter one nautical mile outside Sand Bluff.


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Ridgefield
James A Butts, Lone Star State, Anniston, Caldwell
134,4 x 17,4 x 11,3 m
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
10296 grt
Chester ( US ) 1945
Monrovia ( LR )


Last updated: November 2019