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Apr 27, 2019 10:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Boaters Advised To Stay Away As Coast Guard Investigates World War II Tanker Southeast Of Shinnecock Inlet

The British oil tanker, Coimbra, was sunk by a German U-boat on Jan. 15, 1942 off the south coast of Long Island.                                    COURTESY NOAA
Apr 30, 2019 3:01 PM

Boaters are being advised to keep a safe distance as the U.S. Coast Guard assesses oil remaining on a World War II oil tanker, the Coimbra, which sank 30 miles off the coast of Shinnecock Inlet more than 70 years ago.

The Coimbra was a supply ship built in 1937 and owned by Great Britain. The tanker sank after being torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1942. The spot is said to be popular among local fishermen.

The Coast Guard has contracted Resolve Marine Group, a Florida-based salvage and emergency response company that specializes in removing tankers buried at sea, to conduct a five-week-long assessment of oil remaining in the wreck.

If substantial oil remains, and if feasible, the Coast Guard will work with Resolve Marine Group to remove the oil from the wreck in order to reduce pollution risks, a press release from the Coast Guard said on Saturday.

The operation was scheduled to start Sunday and to end on May 30. The initial evaluation will assess the condition of the tanker and what potential environmental impact still exists. Based on the assessment, oil removal possibly could take place.

Boaters are requested to keep a safe distance of 500 yards from the dive operation.

“We have assembled a team including members of the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard District One Response Advisory Team, Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Environmental Management, and Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team to provide consultation for this assessment,” said Captain Kevin Reed, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, in a statement earlier this week.

“This assessment will help determine and possibly remove any potential environmental threat the tanker poses. Our top priorities are safety of the public and protection of the marine environment.”

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I think Germany should pay for the cost since they were responsible for sinking the ship :D
By Jaws (243), Amity Island on Apr 28, 19 3:26 AM
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Great fishing hot spot. Located visually by its oozing oil slick even after all these years. On April 9 there was a 3.0 earthquake near this wreck and I suspect it could free up a bit more oil to come to the surface. If they remove this wreck, another artificial reef should be relocated nearby.
Apr 28, 19 8:10 AM appended by themarlinspike
As I recall this wreck lies in less than 200 feet of water.
By themarlinspike (512), Northern Hemisphere on Apr 28, 19 8:10 AM
Do you recall what the depth of this wreck is?
By Funbeer (271), Southampton on Apr 28, 19 12:36 PM
By ZebEnv (5), hampton bays on Apr 28, 19 1:39 PM
180 bottom
By ZebEnv (5), hampton bays on Apr 28, 19 1:40 PM
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Lets send the coast guard to Lake Agawam and all other inland bodies of water on the east end. Maybe they can help with the toxins. Lol.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 28, 19 7:31 PM
Are there remains of those brave Merchant Marine souls on board? Please treat them respectfully...
BHX 109 left Bermuda at 10:00 on Febr. 11-1941 (Prins Maurits was to sail from St. Georges Harbour at 10:00), and had formed up by 12:30 that day. All the ships were still with the convoy on Febr. 14, but the weather was bad with strong winds and low visibility and the next morning Prins Maurits was no longer in sight (since 04:00 that morning). At 05:45 that morning (Febr. 15) a signal was received ...more
By dfree (799), hampton bays on Apr 29, 19 8:47 AM


The Coimbra was built by the Howaldj Swerke Co., of Kiel, Germany, in 1937. She was a tanker owned by the Socony Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd., of Great Britain. She was 423 feet long, had a60 foot beam, displaced 6,768 gross and 3,976 net tons.

At 3:00 AM, January15, 1942, on a foggy morning, a torpedo fired from the U-123 hit her amidships, exploding her cargo of 81,000 barrels of fuel oil into flames. A second series of explosions ripped the Coimbra into three sections ...more
By ernest wruck (10), eastport on Apr 29, 19 11:46 AM
Very interesting how WW2 activities happened around the Island.
By Moral Dolphin (49), Southampton on May 1, 19 7:58 AM
Very interesting how WW2 activities happened around the Island.
By Moral Dolphin (49), Southampton on May 1, 19 7:58 AM
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