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Star of Scotland (Wreck)

Star of Scotland (Wreck)

A 1942 Party that didn't end well.


The 75 foot Star of Scotland wreck comes with some interesting and intriguing history. Her simple job in the Bay was first as a speakeasy and gambling ship, later adding prostitution to her list. In 1940 with the new name Star of Scotland she became a party boat and fishing barge.

On a particularly stormy few days in January 1942, the ship began taking on water that the crew could not handle. According to eyewitness account, something seemed to give way and the ship went down in seconds. Sadly, one crew member lost his life that night.


Location: About two miles from shore off Santa Monica in the northern section of the Santa Monica Bay. Marked on most charts. GPS N 33°59.88'‚ W 118°31.20' (GPS for reference only. Do not use as your sole source of navigation).
Access: Boat only. Launch ramp at nearby Marina del Rey for private boats. Charter boats out of Santa Monica, Marina del Ray or Redondo Beach.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Depths: 85 feet to bottom.
Visibility: Variable but generally fair to poor averaging 15 feet.
Photography: Good for macro and wide angle among the colorful twisted wreckage but visibility often limits wide angle photos. Macro excellent with a multitude of subjects.
Hunting: Great for scallops. Spearfishing fair, mostly for barred sand bass and a few Kelp Bass. Occasional lobster in wreckage.
Hazards: Fishing line and hooks. Wreckage is fragile and may collapse. Penetration is limited and not advised. 

Star of Scotland (originally HMS Mistletoe) wreck, 1917 Royal Navy (British) warship, sunk in a storm in 1942 just few miles away from Santa Monica pier.