Concrete seemed not to be the best choice for shipbuilding. Who would have thought? The U.S. government tried using it during World War I because steel was in short supply. One of those ships, the SS Selma wasn’t completed until the war was over, so she was used as an oil tanker for 11 months. It wasn’t her fault that a reckless steersman put a hole in her, or that no one knew how to fix it. She’s still toughing it out in the shallows off Galveston almost 100 years after she was abandoned there.
As a shipwreck she’s a grabber. I wish I could say why, but the best I can do is that there’s something evocative about her ruin. Maybe the pictures will help you see for yourselves why you need to see her for yourselves.
The Texas Seaport Museum’s harbor tour will take you there and tell you her story.