Benwood was a cargo steamer built by Craig Tylor Company in England, and was launched in 1910 for Joseph Huilt & Company in Liverpool. he changed owners several times before she ended up sailing for the Norwegian company Skjelbreds Rederi AS in 1922. After the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in April 1940, she was taken over by Nortraship and participated in several Transatlantic convoys. Under a journey from Key West to Hampton Raods loaded with phosphate, she collided with the American tanker Robert C. Tuttle outside Florida 9. April 1942. She was beached outside Dixie Shoals, but six days later she slid of the reef and sank. Salvage operations were launched on the wreck until the early 1950's. and the US Navy used the shallow wreck as target practice. The battered remains of her rest today between Dixie Shoals and French Reef on a depth of 10 to 15 meter.

Former names:

344,9 x 51,3 x 25,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3931 grt
Stockton-On-Tees ( UK ) 1910
 Kristiansand ( N )

25°03'08.6"N 80°19'55.8"W
( Source: NOAA )

Last updated: February 2021