Thesteamer Atlantus, second ship of the World War I Emergency Fleet, was launched on 5 December 1918.
She was used to transport American troops back home from Europe and also to transport coal in New England.
After 2 years of service, the ship was retired in 1920 to a salvage yard in Virginia.
In 1926, she was purchased for use in the creation of a ferry dock (route now served by the Cape May – Lewes Ferry).
On June 8th of that year, a storm hit and the ship was torn free from her moorings and ran aground 150 feet off the coast of Sunset Beach, New Jersey. Several attempts were made to free the ship, but none were successful.
At one time there was a billboard painted on the side of the ship advertising boat insurance. At present she remains a tourist draw, but her condition is rapidly deteriorating, with only her stern above water.