(underwater images courtesy of
Massachusetts was a 456 foot tanker that was one of the first vessels
sunk in World War II on February 19, 1942. While transiting the Florida
coast with a cargo of gasoline and fuel oil, the Pan Massachusetts had
the misfortune of entering the patrol area of the German submarine
U-128. The sub fired two torpedoes that hit the vessel amidships and
turned it into a flaming hulk. The Pan Massachusetts now rests inverted
in 300 fsw off Canaveral, FL.
(l) Bow and stem of the Pan Massachusetts; (r)
Fallen shell plate opens the ship interior.
(l) Riveted bow shell plate; (r) Joe and Barney video fish on the stern.
(l) Exposed ribs; (r) View of inverted interior.