Wreck Dives: Alexander’s Wreck

Alexanders Wreck Key West

The wreck known as “Alexander’s Wreck” was originally the US Navy destroyer escort “USS Amesbury.” The remains of this steel-hull US Naval vessel now lie in 25 feet of water five miles west of Key West.

This vessel was a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship being towed by Chet Alexander Marine Salvage of Key West to a deep water location to be sunk as an artificial reef.

While in route, she grounded, and before she could be re-floated, a storm broke up her hull. (via Divebuddy)

Alexander’s Wreck – USS Amesbury Key West Wiki

USS Amesbury (DE-66/APD-46), a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, was named in honor of Lieutenant (jg) Stanton Morgan Amesbury (1916–1942), who was killed in action while flying from the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-4) during Operation Torch in 1942.

USS Amesbury (DE-66) fitting

courtesy of Wikipedia

Amesbury was laid down on 8 March 1943 at Hingham, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard; launched on 6 June 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Janet Kenney Amesbury, the widow of Lieutenant (jg.) Amesbury; and commissioned on 31 August 1943, with Lieutenant commander Allen B. Adams, Jr., in command.

At Londonderry on 1 June 1944, Amesbury reported for duty with TF 124, TG 124.7 and, two days later, sailed to take part in the invasion of Normandy.

Arriving in the assault area on 6 June, she took up her assigned area on a screen and fire support station in the “Mason Dixie” grid.

During the next week on station, Amesbury took part in several anti-aircraft actions against attacking German planes bedeviling the ships offshore.

Decommissioned and placed in reserve on 3 July 1946, Amesbury never again performed active service.

Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1960, Amesbury was sold to Chet Alexander Marine Salvage of Key West, Florida, on 24 October 1962.

Her hulk sank approximately 5 nautical miles (5.75 miles; 9 km) west of Key West while under tow, and now rests in 25 feet (7.6 m) of water. (Full article at Wikipedia)

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