The Chester Poling- Wreck Dive
Nubble Light House- York Maine
Halfway Rock - Boat
Sunapee Lake- Sunapee N.H.
Artifacts found diving
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0:37 a.m., Jan. 10, 1977: At his station in the
engine room, Philip Becker, the ship's engineer, hears
the crack - more a grinding crunch - that shudders
through the hull of the Chester A. Poling.
The lights flicker, then go out; the ship's twin diesels
groan to a stop. All Becker hears is the fury of wind and
sea outside. And then he realizes he's no longer standing
perpendicular to the floor.
"We're split, my God, we're split,"
The ship had broken in two... and the stern, still under
power, had jackknifed the ship, and then broken off. It
was already drifting away.
A deteriorated hull, poorly distributed ballast, and
murderous seas rarely found so near the shore have been
blamed for the loss of the coastal tanker which broke in
two and sank about six miles southeast of Cape Ann.
One seaman drowned when he missed a helicopter
rescue basket and fell into the sea without a lifejacket,
the remaining six were rescued.
The bow and stern separated by about six miles.
The stern settled in at a depth of about 80'. The
blizzard of 1978 moved the 200' long stern downhill to a
depth of slightly over 100' at high tide.
Poling's bow came to rest upside down in 190 feet of
water 4 miles off Eastern Point.