Cayman Salvage Master


USAMP Lieutenant Colonel Ellery W. Niles was laid down as a mine planter by Pusey & Jones in Wilmington, and was launched in 1937 for US Army. A relic from the The Great War these vessels was specifically designed and outfitted to install controlled mines or contact mines in coastal fortifications. She served the navy as a mine layer and cable ship, and  in 1965 she was converted to a acoustic research vessel and renamed Hunt. She was involved with transporting illegal immigrants from Cuba between April to October 1980.  On one of her illegal missions she was seized by the United States government and towed to Key West where she sank in 1980. She was re-floated and removed from harbor five years later, and deliberately scuttled as an artificial reef 30. April 1985. The wreck rest today standing on her keel as a classic Donald Duck wreck on a depth of 20 meter, south of Key West. Also see the wreck of Thunderbolt.

Former names:
Cayman Salvage Master
USAMP Lt.Colonel Ellery W.Niles, Hunt
54,6 x 10,7 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
840 grt
Wilmington ( US )
Miami ( US )

24 27.210N 81 45.980W

Picture: USAMP Major General Wallace F. Randolph
Courtesy of US Navy, Public domain

Last updated: August 2018