SS Maine

SS Maine was a British steamship launched in 1905 as a 3600-ton cargo steamer with a triple-expansion engine. She was torpedoed and sunk on 21 November 1917 by UC-17, about 10 miles (16 km) off Dartmouth. She sank "gracefully, upright and on an even keel" and sits on shingle 36 metres (118 ft) deep at 50°12.750′N 3°50.955′W.

SS Maine
Launched: 1905
Fate: Sunk 1917
General characteristics
Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 3600 tons
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine

The Torbay British Sub-Aqua Club bought the wreck for £100 in 1962 and salvaged the bronze propeller, selling it for £800.

The propeller was proudly displayed on a plinth outside Safeway supermarket in Paignton town centre, until the redevelopment of the site in the early 2000s. The propeller was being sold for scrap, but was rescued by a farmer and now is in a field in Kingsteignton.

See also

  • List of shipwrecks
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