Patriot (ex Danielle Marie, Sarajen, Captain Todd)
Depth: 100 feet
Length: 62 feet Breadth: 20-25 feet Depth of Hold: N/A
Tonnage: 44 gross tons
Built: 1997, western rig dragger, Beaufort, North Carolina
Port of Registry: USA
Owner: Gerry T. Smith
Date Lost: January 3, 2009
Sunk By: Capsize Survivors: 0 out of 2
Data Collected on Site: Scuba diver photography
Significance: The wreck serves as a memorial site and scuba diving site; it is home to schools of cod and pollock.
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 Patriot 900 feet to the south, tumbling the trawler across the seafloor. Its new geographic coordinates are listed below.
42-24.256 N x 70-27.197 W
Patriot fished in Massachusetts Bay until January 3, 2009, when disaster struck. After 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.