Caribsea

North Carolina,North America

Caribsea was laid down as a freighter in Duluth in USA and launched in 1919. She was torpedoed by the German submarine U 158 outside Cape Lookout in North Carolina 3.November 1941. She sailed alone and was on her way from Santiago to Norfolk loaded with manganese when she became victim for the uboat. At 02:00 o`clock in the night she was hit by two torpedoes and sank in the deep in less than three minutes together with 21 men from the crew. The wreck rest today on a depth of 20 to 30 meter.


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Caribsea
Buenaventrua, Lake Flattery 261,0 x 43,9 x 24,4 f
     
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2609 grt Duluth ( US ) 1919 New York ( US )

GPS: N 34° 36.414' W 76° 18.846'
( Source : New Jersey Scuba Diving )


Picture: Caribsea
  Paul M. Hudy
© NC-Wreckdiving
Underwater Video

From the collection of Mike McKay:
"One of the Caribsea crew who died was a resident of Ocracoke Island on the North Carolina Outer Banks named Jim Baum Gaskill. He was the engineer. A local story has it on the day after the sinking, his father, Bill Gaskill was cleaning up the debris from a strong gale that has passed through that night. He was inspecting his dock and shoreline when he noticed a large plank bumping up against his dock. Mr. Gaskill tried several times to push the plank away, but each time it returned to the dock, as if tied by a unseen string. Using a boat hook, Mr. Gaskill finally pulled the plank completely onto the dock. When he turned it over, he was greeted by large gold-gilt letters spelling the ship's name "Caribsea". He knew then his son was dead. The official word would arrive that evening. Another version of the story has it that the glass case that enclosed Gaskill's engineer's license came ashore near Ocracoke Village a few days after the sinking. It is also reported that the special cross behind the altar of the Ocracoke Methodist Church is made of the Caribsea nameplate that drifted through Ocracoke Inlet and was found on the sound shore, opposite Gaskill's birthplace. An old diving buddy of mine, James Pickard of Durham, NC, recovered the builder's plaque of the Caribsea, with it's original name"