S.S. John Aspdin
The S.S. John Aspdin was built in April, 1944 and lauched in May. On one of her trips, she was caught in a hurricane with 60 to 80 foot high waves, but survived with minimal damage. She was also used by the army as a store ship in the South Pacific.
The Aspdin was purchased to be used as a dock revetment in Newport, Oregon. On April 12, 1948, she grounded in the bay during transit and then floated out with the tide, only to be grounded agin on the North Reef. Ten days later, she broke in half and sank.
The John Aspdin lies under 40 feet of water off the North Reef in Yaquina Bay, Orgeon. The wreck has become a diving site, but strong currents and mangled rebars make it a dangerous dive.
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.