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The Patriot (ex. Danielle Marie, Sarajen, Captain Todd) is a steel hulled western rig dragger built in 1997 by Gerry T. Smith of Beaufort, North Carolina. Originally constructed as a shrimper, the 62 foot 44 gross ton vessel now lies in 100 feet of water on top of Stellwagen Bank. The Patriot fished in Massachusetts Bay until 3 January 2009, when disaster struck.

The fishing vessel Patriot in Gloucester, MA.
Courtesy of Phil Cusumano.

After the Patriot hauled in its nets following a tow on Stellwagen Bank it suddenly capsized. The two crew members onboard were unable to escape the sinking vessel and drowned. A Coast Guard investigation found that the vessel sank due to a rapid loss of stability.

Patriot is still legible on the vessel’s bow.
Photo by Matthew Lawrence, NOAA/SBNMS
The red and black-hulled Patriot lies on its starboard side on a flat sandy bottom and is now home to schools of cod and pollock. Divers should be on the lookout for entangling fishing nets.  The sanctuary asks that visiting divers be mindful that two fishermen lost their lives when the vessel sank.

Winter storms in 2012 moved the Patriot 900 feet to the south, tumbling the trawler across the seafloor. Its new geographic coordinates are listed below.

Patriot Coordinates:
42-24.256 N x 70-27.197 W

An entangled trawl net partially enshrouds the Patriot’s bow.
Photo by Matthew Lawrence, NOAA/SBNMS

Codfish hide under the Patriot’s hull. Photo by Matthew Lawrence, NOAA/SBNMS

The Patriot’s stern. Photo by Matthew Lawrence, NOAA/SBNMS

Divers on the wreck enjoy excellent visibility. Photo by Matthew Lawrence, NOAA/SBNMS


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