Last-Known Survivor of Pendleton Wreck Dies

Jacobs ladder dangling over her side, the stern of the SS PENDLETON sits forlornly on a sand bar off the coast of Cape Cod. Official USCG Photo; ELC 1CGD; photo by Richard C. Kelsey, Chatham, MA.

CapeCodOnline: Charles W. Bridges, the last-known surviving crewman of the Pendleton, a 503’ oil tanker snapped in 2 by a nor’easter on February 18, 1952, off Cape Cod, died early Wednesday [May 8] in West Palm Beach, Florida, following a short illness. He was 79.

Bridges was only 18 when the Pendleton, a merchant marine vessel, broke apart. He was the one who alerted fellow sailors that “the other half of the ship is gone.”

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