Twenty-five years ago this week, the tugboat Celtic sank about a mile-and-a-half south of Sheffield Island. Towing 1400 tons of scrap metal from Bridgeport to Newark, she sank in 75 feet of water, taking along with her the seven crewmembers. An investigation later revealed that the barge she was towing, the Cape Race, had recently undergone repairs to fix several leaks. They concluded that the repairs failed, the barge filled with water, then sank, pulling the Celtic down on the evening of November 17, 1984.
Built in 1958 at the Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay, the tug was named Russell 10 (above), then the JudithMcAllister, and eventually the Celtic.
I have never been scuba-diving, but a few years ago I bought a book at a yard sale entitled Shipwrecks of Long Island Sound (or something to that effect). There are many more wrecks on the bottom of the Sound than I imagined. This past year I discovered the Wreckhunters website, and Dave Clancy was kind enough to provide me with some background information on the Celtic.