Built during 1893 in England, the tanker Mexicano foundered off Currituck Beach Light, North Carolina, in September, 1903, as the result of a hurricane. Of a 22 man crew, only 7 survived. Previously misidentified as the Equipoise, the Mexicano sits roughly 65 miles south/southeast of Rudee Inlet in cooler Mid-Atlantic waters. Underwater visibility can range from 10 to more than 50 FT with an average of 30 FT. Summertime bottom temperatures run between 55 and 75 degrees, depending on conditions.
Sitting upright from the sand at 140 FT, much of the 270 FT long wreck has deteriorated to skeletal remains but is still substantial. Machinery litters the deck and a huge triple expansion reciprocating steam engine sits next to a large boiler. The bow, twisted at an angle, towers 30 FT or more above the sand. The wreck is approximately 40 FT wide and creates a substantial presence.
The video shows the wreck in September, 2009, shortly after a significant storm. Many in-shore sites had poor visibility, but the Mexicano pushed 30+ FT.