Lotus

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

218

15

5

66

m

m

ft

ft

25° 50.957' N

80° 04.647' W

SUNK DATE

February 12, 1971

ft

m

110

ft

33.3

m

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HISTORY

The Fabricated Shipbuilding Corporation and Coddington Engineering Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin built the US. Army Speedwell Class mine planter Colonel Albert Todd at a cost of $540,000 in 1918. The n e w vessel was 172 feet in length, 32 feet in beam, and displaced 1,130tons. In 1924, the vessel was transferred to the U S . Light House Service, converted to a lighthouse tender, and commissioned as the Lotus. The conversion included the installation of a turtleback forecastle, a forward steel main deck, a modified wheelhouse, and a new refrigerating plant. The Lotus eventually assumed buoy tender duties upon the consolidation of the US. Light House Service with the US. Coast Guard in 1939. The Lotus was based out of Boston until 1941, when she transferred to Chelsea, Massachusetts. During World War II, the tender laid buoys and anti-submarine nets to assist convoys rallying at Newfoundland, and later conducted standard work in the Caribbean. The Lotus (WAGL-229) completed her career off Virginia, whereupon she was decommissioned and sold in late 1946. After a period of service with private owners, the Lotus was abandoned on the Miami River. On February 12, 1971, Miami‐Dade County, in an effort to remove some of the derelict vessels along the Miami River, loaded the rusting Lotus with explosives and had it blown up at sea approximately two miles offshore. The wreck of the Lotus n o w rests upright and intact in 230 feet of water.

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