SHIP NOTES: (Sources: 21)
Name: Catherine M. Monohan Type: wooden schooner
Date Sunk: August 24, 1910 Cause: Foundered
Size (ft.): 185 x 38 x 19 Tonnage: 986 gross
Propulsion: Sail?? Location N34°-56.900/W75°-42.879
SHIP HISTORY: (Sources: 21)
CATHERINE M. MONOHAN was bound for Knight's Key from New York. She carrying a cargo of cement bags. The wooden four-masted schooner sprung her hull as she was driven across the Diamond Shoals and she sank in 100 feet of water, approximately 14 miles south of Cape Hatteras on August 14, 1910. The CATHERINE M. MONOHAN was built by M. B. McDonald in 1904, at Mystic Connecticut. She was made of oak and fastened with copper/iron fittings.

Diving Depths: 95-100 ft.
Current: Slight to moderate.
Visibility: 30-60 feet
Summer Temperature: High 70s
Points of Interest: Lots of small tropical fish life, anchor and anchor windlass; large pile of hardened cement bags
Fish/Animal Life: An unusal number of angelfish and lots of other tropicals; often huge schools of spadefish hover over the outside edges of the wreck
Description: The Catherine M. Monohan went down carrying bags of cement. Rising some 10-15 feet above the sand, it is this pile of hardened cement bags that provides the only relief on the wreckage. The only metal machinery that is evident is on the bow end of the wreck and consists of an anchor windlass, anchor chain, anchor and other associated mechanisms. The wreck is easy to havigate as the cement "reef" is contiguous and not very large. The hardened cement bags provide a limitless number a cracks and crevices which which are home to small tropical fish, shrimp and moray eels. Great wreck for the small fish or macro photographer.

Anchor on the port side, bow end of the wreck Spar or mast support
Once stored in the hold, the hardened cement bags now define the edge of the wreck
Windlass one of the few remaining
pieces of metal
Large schools of spadefish often hover over the wreck slowly moving along its edges
Oyster toadfish hiding in the wreckage Even some bigger fish will prowl the Monohan
Anchor windlass at the bow Hardened bags of cement

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