The S.S. Vitruvius was the second concrete ship built by McCloskey and Company in Tampa, Florida. She was launched in December of 1943 and used in the sugar trade with Cuba.
In March of 1944, the Vitruvius and the S.S. David O. Saylor set sail for Liverpool, England to join a fleet of ships to participate in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. On July 16, 1944, the S.S. Vitruvius and Saylor were partially sunk to form the "Gooseberry" breakwater off the coast of Normandy.
The S.S. Vitruvius lies off the coast of Normandy, France. At the time of her sinking, she was still visible above the water. How much is left of her now is unknown.
None available. However, since all the McCloskey ships are identical, you can see photos of the other ships to see what theVitruvius looked like.
Gross Weight: 4,690 Tons
Net Weight: 2,738 Tons
Dimensions: 102.53 meters x 16.45 m x 10.66 m
Engine: T.3-cyl, Prescott Mehy Co.