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Smith Shoal and all its Shipwrecks

1942 was a bad year to be cruising a ship near Smith Shoals...a total of four big ships sank that summer, due to mines placed there by the U.S. military. And two of them were American! The two American ships were the USS Sturtevent, a 314-foot destroyer, and the Edward Luchenbach, both plowing through the same mine field and sinking. The USS Sturtevent had just left Key West and was escorting a convoy of ships when it sank in 65 feet of water. The Edward Luchenback was 3,000 tons and carrying metals inported from Jamaica en route to New Orleans when it sank. A third ship the Bosiljka miscalculated some mapping coordinates and hit the same mines, and was en route from New Orleans to Key West. The fourth ship, from Norway was the Gunvor, has set out from Mobile, Alabama to Trinidad, and now lies in 60 feet of water.

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