Gulf Coast Shipwrecks
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|Vessel Name||Eliza Battle|
|Vessel Type||River Steamer|
|Owner||Cox, Brainard & Company|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)|
|Propulsion||Steam / Side-Wheels|
|Cargo||Passengers, crew and cotton bales (about 1,400 bales)|
|Built||1852 at New Albany, IN|
|Date of Loss||March 1, 1858|
|Reason for Loss||Caught fire at night, burned and sank|
|Fatalities||33 fatalities (per NYT article above), another report says 80 to 90 fatalities.|
|Location||One report says that the wreck is located in the Tombigbee River, west of Linden, AL, near the Route 114 bridge. Another says she sank 1/4 mile above Naheola Landing - approximately 42 miles below Demopolis, AL|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||Approximately 30'|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Other Information||The Eliza Battle was
on a run from Columbus, MS to Mobile, AL on a cold and windy
night. Around 2 AM, an onboard fire was reported. The fire spread
quickly, and all on board had to either take to the water, or die in the
fire. Approximately 30 people lost their lives in the terrible disaster.
For a detailed account of
the Eliza Battle disaster, see Rufus Ward's book Tombigbee
River Steamboats - Chapter
More information on the Eliza Battle disaster can be found in this article on Riverboat Dave's website .
Attention Divers The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors. For your personal safety, use extreme caution if you plan to dive this wreck.
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