(underwater images courtesy of
|The Laertes was
a 424 foot freighter that was built to meet the demand for ships during
World War I. Pressed into service again during World War II, the Laertes
was enroute to Bombay, India with a cargo of tanks, trucks and aircraft
when she had the misfortune of running into the German submarine U-109
in April 1942. Hit with three torpedoes, the vessel went to the bottom
in 65 fsw off Port Canaveral, FL. The wreck is spread across the bottom
as it was wire-dragged to eliminate a navigation hazard and is subject
to poor visibility due to its inshore location.
(l) The wreck is broken up with little relief;
(r) Truck wheel from cargo of military trucks the ship carried.
(l) Visibility was poor so lines were run; (r) Piston rods from the ship's
(l) Boiler parts; (r) Heating tubes.