Sunken Ship Found 105 Years Later

Divers find 1903 shipwreck near Block Island

Divers have found the wreckage of a Connecticut schooner that collided with a steamship and sank in 1903 near Block Island, R.I., the diving group said.

Mark Munro, of Griswold, said his Sound Underwater Survey group and the Baccala Wreck Divers had looked for the remains of the Jennie R. Dubois in their spare time since 2002.

Fast Facts:

  • Built: Holmes Ship Building Company, West Mystic, Conn.
  • Keel laid: April, 1901
  • Dimensions: 249' x 46' x 26.9'
  • Tonnage: 1952 net, 2227 gross
  • Cost: $100,000
  • Launched: Feb. 11, 1902
  • Sunk: Sept. 5, 1903
  • Cause of sinking: Collision with S.S. Schoenfels

Courtesy: Sound Underwater Survey

They found it about six miles southeast of Block Island in federal waters, he said.

The 2,200-ton, five-masted schooner was the largest ship ever built on Connecticut's Mystic River, Munro said. It was launched 19 months before the collision.

Munro said he and fellow divers positively identified the wreckage in September 2007, but kept it a secret until Monday so more research could be done.

The divers will present their findings in Mystic in February.

Learn more about the ship and see photos here.

Read the article about its first voyage here.

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