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Location DB > United States > Texas > Galveston > S.S. Selma
S.S. Selma
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created by Astro on 10/22/2014 3:39 AM
last modified by Astro on 10/22/2014 3:50 AM
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 Basic Information
Type: Ship Wreck
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Galveston, Texas
United States
Owner: Galveston
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    It's a ship.
     Security Measures
  • It's in the middle of the channel
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1919
    Closed: 1922
     Required Equipment
  • A Boat
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    SS Selma was an oil tanker built in 1919 by F.F. Ley and Company, Mobile, Alabama. President Woodrow Wilson approved the construction of 24 concrete vessels of which only 12 were actually completed.
    SS Selma is the only permanent, and prominent, wreck along the Houston Ship Channel.

    SS Selma was built in Mobile, Alabama, and named to honor Selma, Alabama, for its successful wartime liberty loan drive. The ship was launched on June 28, 1919, the same day Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I. As a result, the 7,500-ton ship never served during the war, but instead was placed into service as an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico.

    On May 31, 1920, the Selma hit a jetty in Tampico, Mexico, ripping a 60 foot hole in her hull. After attempts to repair the ship in Galveston failed and efforts to sell the ship proved unsuccessful, US officials decided to intentionally scuttle the ship. A channel 1,500 feet long and 25 feet deep was dug to a point just off Pelican Island's eastern shoreline where on March 9, 1922, the ship was laid to rest. The wreck of the Selma has since been the object of failed plans to convert it for use as a fishing pier, pleasure resort, and an oyster farm. Long a source of curiosity and local legend, it remains important to scientists who continue to study aspects of its concrete construction.
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    Boat Trip
    Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014
    posted by Astro
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    Coolness 10 / 10
    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 11/1/2014 6:02 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 1 14 at 18:02, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:12, Astro made this location available
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:12, Astro updated gallery picture No more walls
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:11, Astro updated gallery picture Down the Deck
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:11, Astro updated gallery picture Roosting
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:11, Astro updated gallery picture Sunk
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:11, Astro updated gallery picture Look through
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:11, Astro updated gallery picture Sunk
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:11, Astro updated gallery picture Look through
  • on Oct 22 14 at 4:10, Astro updated gallery picture Parked out Front
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