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HMS Culloden

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HMS Culloden
(U. S. Navy)

Restored Culloden canon 
displayed at the East
Hampton Marine Museum

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name HMS Culloden
Other Names  
Vessel Type British Frigate
Owner British Navy
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 170' / 47' /
Tonnage 1,659
Hull Construction Wood
Propulsion Sail
Built 1776
Date of Loss January 24, 1781
Reason for Loss Ran aground in storm
Fatalities None
Location 150' off Culloden Point, Montauk, NY
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 20'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition After grounding, the vessel was stripped and burned to the waterline. Scattered wood and several iron cannons remain, mostly buried in the sand.
Diving Considerations  
Other Information The HMS Culloden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Because of its historical significance, divers are prohibited from taking artifacts or otherwise disturbing this wreck.
Attention Divers
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