Shipwreck! (HM5NX)

Location: Scotland, MD 20687 St Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.385', W 76° 19.44'

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Centuries of storms, fogs, shoals, collisions, combat, poor judgement and bad luck have plagued local mariners. Gazing across Point Lookout's waters, we can only wonder how many of their wrecks litter the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

Don't Light The Boiler
November 11, 1864: The Union gunboat U. S. S. Tulip was heading up the Potomac River to Washington D. C. for repairs. To make better time and avoid Confederate batteries on the Virginia shore, the captain - in violation of his orders - fired up the only working boiler. It exploded, sinking the vessel and killing 47 of the 57 sailors.

No Shelter From The Storm
October 22, 1878: A hurricane moving up the Chesapeake Bay foound the southbound steamer Express. Huge waves doused her boiler fires, leaving the crew helpless as the Express wallowed broadside to the walls of water, and capsized. Sixteen died. The ship's quartermaster was rescued more than 20 miles away.

Peacetime Tragedy
October 17, 1978: The United States Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga, bound up the Potomac River, turned into the path of the loaded coal freighter Santa Cruz. The cutter sank in minutes, killing 11 sailors.

Caption of photo in lower left side of marker:
The U. S. S. Tulip

Caption of photo in lower right side of marker:
United States Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga
HM NumberHM5NX
Placed ByPoint Lookout State Park - Maryland Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 2:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 383816 N 4211052
Decimal Degrees38.03975000, -76.32400000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.385', W 76° 19.44'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 23.10" N, 76° 19' 26.40" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10444 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland MD 20687, US
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