(underwater images courtesy of
The Ruby E was the
former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cyane WPC-105 launched in 1934. The
vessel is 165 feet long, has a beam of 38 feet and was diesel powered.
Her original mission was to interdict "Rum Runners" smuggling liquor
from Canada during the prohibition era. During World War II she
performed anti-submarine patrols off Alaska. The Cyane was
decommissioned in 1950 and converted to a fish processing ship.
Ironically she was later seized for drug smuggling off South America.
The Cyane was finally sold as a salvage vessel and renamed the Ruby E.
The vessel was sunk as an artifical reef off San Diego, CA on June 18,
1989 in Mission Bay's "Wreck Alley". The Ruby E failed to sink as
planned due to hidden compartments previously used for illegal
activities. The 150 ton vessel has been prepared for divers by removing
hatches and equipment. She lies upright 85 FSW.
(l) Bows of the USCGC Cyane; (r) Starfish on the
(l) Deckhouse portholes; (r) Ship's bridge.
(l) Rear deckhouse ladder; (r) Engine room scuttle ladder