Princess Anne

SPECIFICATIONS

MAX DEPTH

RELIEF

COORDINATES

97

30

9

29

m

m

ft

ft

26° 47.616' N

80° 00.230' W

SUNK DATE

May 23, 1993

58

ft

17.6

m

340

ft

103

m

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM TRAINING 

HISTORY

Launched by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company from their Chester, Pennsylvania shipyard on May 18, 1936, the auto ferry Princess Anne was originally 246 feet long, 59 feet wide, and displaced 1,587 tons. Designed by Raymond Loewy, the undisputed master of streamline style, for the Virginia Ferry Corporation of Wilmington, Delaware, the art deco-inspired Princess Anne resembled the look of a miniature ocean liner. In early 1954, the Princess Anne was cut in half and lengthened to 335.5 feet overall, which increased her displacement to 2,366 tons gross. The ferry served on the Chesapeake Bay until 1964, when she was sold to the Delaware River and Bay Authority, renamed the New Jersey, and put to work running between Cape May, New Jersey, and Lewes, Delaware. In 1974, the ferry was renamed Greenport after her sale to Mascony Transport and Ferry Service. As the Greenport, the ferry was employed on a run between Fire Island, NewYork, and BlockIsland, Rhode Island. In the early 19805, the aging vessel was purchased by investors with plans of converting her into an offshore casino ship. Due to financial and legal problems, however, they abandoned their plans and deserted the Greenport at a shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The neglected ferry later sunk in as torm at her berth, but was subsequently patched and raised by Resolve Marine Group. The derelict was eventually sold for use as an artificial reef and towed to Palm Beach County, where she was again named Princess Anne.

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