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Historic Shipwreck Identification Finally Confirmed!
SIDCO DIVERS FINALLY CONFIRM IDENTITY OF LOST TANKER, AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS OF RESEARCH AND SEVEN DECADES IN HISTORY!
SIDCO divers have finally confirmed the identity of another ship involved in the mystery of The Lost Tankers. On July 12, 2014, divers from SIDCO (Surface Interval Diving Company) discovered all three masts on the wreck once called “hutton”. This is important, because out of three possible tankers, only S. S. Ario was fitted with three masts. W. E. Hutton and S. S. Papoose both only had two masts, as did the other tankers associated with this misidentification. The shipwreck, once called “hutton” is, in fact, S. S. Ario. We also now know that the other associated wreck, lying offshore of S. S. Ario, is now confirmed to be W. E. Hutton. The war diaries of U-boat commander, Johan Mohr of U-124, who torpedoed W. E. Hutton on March 18, 1942, have confirmed that he watched Hutton sink in 130 feet of seawater. S. S. Ario lies in 70 feet of water. These records from U-124 prove that the wreck now identified as Ario, can not be Hutton.
Very few “T2” tankers sunk in WWII off North Carolina had three masts, perhaps as few as two or three. Ario and Dixie Arrow were two of these ships equipped with a third mast. During the dives, SIDCO divers compiled high-definition video of all three masts from several different cameras as well as other features of the wreck. SIDCO’s research on this wreck has been underway since 1998, when Paul Branch, Fort Macon State Park, discovered the error in identification records and contacted SIDCO with the information.
Dives will continue on this site to complete an archaeological site map and full video survey of the entire wreck.
SIDCO President, Rob Smith is currently compiling a book about the misidentified vessels and the search for the truth, which should be out in a year or so. The book will be entitled The Lost Tankers, and will include a great deal of information, not only about the tankers, but also about the German U-boats that sank them.
SIDCO VP Bobby Willis says diving will continue on this wreck for at least one more dive season to complete the archaeological site map and other work.
Surface Interval Diving Company (SIDCO) is a 501©3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the proper archaeological preservation of historic shipwrecks and submerged site for the express purpose of public display and education.
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For more information contact SIDCO President Rob Smith at 252-656-8003, SIDCO VP Bobby Willis at 252-725-1514 or the SIDCO Office at 252-728-6684 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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