State ID: 18CH519
Vessel Type: Merchant vessel (steamship)
Location: 38°28'20.28"N, 77°15'59.07"W (38.47230, -77.26641) (Duke University, 2016)
Length: 281 feet 10 inches
Breadth: 45 feet 2 inches
Deadweight Tonnage: 3,500
Builder: Dantzler Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Moss Point, Mississippi
Owner: Titled to the State of Maryland under the Abandoned Shipwreck Act
Flora & Fauna: Small vegetation covers fore and afterpeaks, and portions of framing on both sides of the hull
Significance: United States Shipping Board vessel built for World War I effort
The remains of Boone have been in their present location since at least 1929, resting on its keel, orientated with the bow toward the shore. The remains measure over 258 feet in length and 46 feet at beam (width). Surveys have recorded the presence of ferrous fastenings and cross strapping, a propeller shaft tunnel, stem, sternpost, and four bulkheads. There is no evidence of fire trauma and there is concrete present in both the bow and stern.
Boone was built in 1918, by the Dantzler Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Moss Point, Mississippi, for the United States Shipping Board (USSB). Boone was a Ferris-type built vessel, like the majority of wooden designed cargo vessels located within Mallows Bay, Maryland. Boone was among the 95 USSB steamships in the celebrated "Tidal Wave" of national ships launching on July 4, 1918. On this date, close to 100 vessels were launched from shipyards all across the United States, marking the greatest ship-launching day in history.
At its height during the war, Dantzler Shipbuilding and Drydock Company had approximately 1,200 employees working the yard. Shortly after the war however, the Dantzler Shipbuilding and Drydock Company plant closed. There were a few small shipyards located close together in the region that were either ultimately bought by larger corporations, or went out of business when the federal government contracts ended.