V.A. Fogg sank in the Gulf of Mexico
on 1 February 1972 with Loss of Life.
U. S. COAST GUARD - Report 13 SEP 1974
Abstract : At 1240 on February 1, 1972, the tankship V.A. FOGG departed Freeport, Texas, en route to the Gulf of Mexico to clean cargo tanks that carried benzene residue. The vessel was due to arrive in Galveston, Texas, at 0200 on February 2. At approximately 1545, February 1, the V.A. FOGG suffered multiple explosions and sank. All 39 persons aboard died as a result of this casualty. This report contains the action taken by the National Transportation Safety Board in determining the probable cause of the casualty and in making recommendations to prevent its recurrence. The report also contains the Marine Board of Investigation report and the action taken by the Commandant, U. S. Coast Guard. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the initial and subsequent explosions was the ignition of benzene vapors which were present both within the open cargo tanks on the main deck of the tankship. The investigative record in this case does not contain sufficient information to determine the ignition source of the initial explosion. The probable source of ignition of the subsequent explosions was the heat produced from the preceding explosions.
On a reef she soon had company with several Victory Ships. The reef is now know as "Freeport Liberty Ship Reef." The reef water depth is 100-102 feet, and the depth to the deck of the ship wrecks is approximately 70-80 feet.
One diver says "This wreck is incredible. For starters, it's big and the wreck is in a few pieces. Its cause of sinking was a huge explosion in the ship. Large schools of fish abound and hammerhead sharks are also seen. Visibility can vary and there are some stinging corals so consider wearing a wetsuit.
BOUNDARY LIMITS OF ARTIFICIAL REEF
28° 36' 00.011" N; 94° 48' 55.861" W;
28° 35' 59.076" N; 94° 48' 26.262" W