The World War I Emergency Fleet
During the first World War, steel was becoming scarce. President Woodrow Wilson approved the construction of 24 concrete ships. Of the 24, only 12 were built, at a total cost of $50 million. By the time the ships were completed, the war had already ended.
A steamer that was eventually purchased for use in a ferry landing. During construction of the landing, she broke free in a storm and grounded on the beach of Cape May, NJ.
|S.S. Cape Fear
A steamer that collided with a cargo ship in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The Cape fear shattered and sank, killing 19 crewmen.
|S. S. Cuyamaca
An oil tanker later stripped and converted into a floating oil barge in New Orleans.
| S. S. Dinsmore
An oil tanker probably sunk as a breakwater in Texas.
|S. S. Latham
An oil tanker turned into a floating oil barge in New Orleans.
|S. S. Moffitt
An oil tanker also turned into a floating oil barge in New Orleans.
| S. S. Palo Alto
An oil tanker turned into a dance club and restaurant at Seacliff Beach, California. She is now fishing pier.
|S. S. Peralta
An oil tanker turned into fish cannery and finally a floating breakwater in British Columbia, Canada. She is the last of the fleet still afloat.
|S. S. Polias
A steamer that hit an underwater ledge off Maine and eventually sank.
|S. S. San Pasqual
An oil tanker that ran aground off Cuba and was used as a depot ship and prison. Today, she is now a ten-room hotel.
|S. S. Sapona
A steamer sold for scrap but converted into a floating liquor warehouse during Prohibition. Finally, she was grounded off shore of Bimini during a hurricane and is now a popular dive site.
|S. S. Selma
The "Flagship of Texas", an oil tanker that was scrapped and grounded off the coast of Galveston, Texas.