Oil Wreck

Windlass - Photo: Steve Straatsma


The “Oil Wreck” was an oil tanker that was sunk on May 5, 1942 by the U-507 during WWII. The ship was transporting oil in its large cargo holds when it was sunk. Still today, and for the past 60+ years, the wreck leaks its cargo oil marking the surface with an oil slick and giving the wreck it’s name, “Oil Wreck,” because the official name of the wreck is still unknown.

The wreck lies on the bottom with a 120-degree list to starboard, almost upside down. The starboard side is buried in the sand, with the port side rising enough off the bottom that divers can enter the wreck. The bow is mostly intact but damaged. Amidships, the wreck is broken in two just in front of the boilers. One of the boilers is dislodged and now sits upright in the wreckage, while the other sits as it did when the ship was in service. From the boiler area to the stern, the ship is badly broken up. The hull still rises off the bottom, but the superstructure is broken and scattered. The engine room area is open allowing access and a swim-through. One blade of the prop still exists and both windlasses are visible, one lying in the sand next to the wreck and the other still on the ship.

Due to the location of the wreck being in the shrimp grounds, nets drape parts of the wreck. Sea turtle remains are stuck in the nets, revealing just how deadly these nets can be to all wildlife in the sea.

Read more about our diving expedition to the oil wreck.

Condensers - Photo: Steve Straatsma

Prop blade...the only one - Photo: Steve Straatsma


Lat: N

Long: W

Depth of wreck

145 feet to the sand

100 to 125 feet to main structure

Size of wreck

Length: feet

Beam: feet

Recovered artifact from wreck

Telegraph recovered from wreck