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João Carlos Pereira Martins

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Does anybody here have further details regarding the history and sinking of this ship? It was a patrol boat to the Royal Canadian Navy, and it was purchased by a millionaire from Florida in 1924, Barron Collier. The ship was renamed "Queen of Nassau" and refurnished and prepared to carry wealthy passengers and increase the commercial trade route between Miami and Nassau.

The vessel was abandoned shortly thereafter due to its poor capacity, conditions and significant problems with engines. It sank mysteriously near the Florida Keys in a voyage to Tampa and it was discovered in 2001.

I would like to see her deckplans and photos (interior or exterior) and know more about this ship. If anyone is familiar to her history or have any material regarding her, I would be grateful to see it.

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João
 
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Sure it helps! Thanks so much! I developed a strange interest on this ship and I watched the programme you referred.

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João
 
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Thanks again Jason! Well, I don't know how she had sufficient space to the passengers sleep and have meals aboard. She appears to be so small! Actually, I watched that programme in Sea Hunters and another in Deep Sea Detectives and they had the deckplans, so I though they could be available on the Internet but probably they got it in NOA or in another subaquatic research institute.

Just out of curiosity, do you know how long the voyage between Miami and Nassau was? Two days, perhaps.

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My pleasure, Joao. Yes, she looks to be a small vessel, so it is a wonder how she had any room at all! It appears that I was mixed up between the Sea Hunters episode and the Deep Sea Detectives one; I actually watched the latter, so I have not seen the other one.

The shocking thing about her sinking, is that she was gone in just eight minutes. That's faster than the Empress of Ireland and the Lusitania. I recall from viewing the DSD episode, that the voyage was only supposed to take two days and plus that would be about average, for that short of a distance.

Here's the link to the DSD website:

http://www.deepseadetectives.com/

Plus, they would know where you could get a hold of the deck plans, if they are in fact available. As well, NOAA might be helpful; here is their website which has contact information:

http://www.noaa.gov/

Last, but not least, according to the DSD site; the National Undersea Research Centre was also involved. Here is their website:

http://www.uncwil.edu/aquarius/
 
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Thanks very much Jason! That links are very good.

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João
 
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