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Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey

by Steve Nagiewicz

An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jersey -- but these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Ancient arrowheads found on the shoreline of Sandy Hook reveal Native American settlement before the land was flooded by melting glaciers. In 1854, 240 passengers of the New Era clipper ship met their fate off Deal Beach. Nobody knows what happened to two hydrogen bombs the United States Air Force lost near Atlantic City in 1957. Lessons from such tragic wrecks and dangerous missteps urged the development of safer ships and the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz uncovers curious tales of storms, heroism and oddities from New Jersey's maritime past. 176 pages, illustrated, soft cover

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Clinging Jellyfish Warning - 2016

Clinging Jellyfish - Gonionemus vertens
very dangerous

This is a Pacific coast jellyfish that has been spotted along the East Coast for many years, but until recently has been uncommon. It is slightly larger than a quarter, about one inch in diameter. The sting of this jellyfish will send you to the hospital, not just people that are especially sensitive, but anyone. It is found in bays and inlets where it clings to sea grasses, it is not normally found in the open ocean. Your best protection against jellyfish stings is an exposure suit, even a lycra skin is thick enough to block the microscopic stingers.


Navigating This Website has hundreds of pages containing thousands of entries. Navigating all this can be a daunting task. The main sections are always arrayed in the white Tab on the left. Selecting one takes you to an intro page for that section. The Tab also contains links for the Table of Contents for that section. Below the Tab are various other links, for special pages or sub-sections. The Tab has one special feature: as you scroll down the often very long pages in this site, it follows you.

If you are not severely limited on screen space, I strongly suggest that you click "Load Sidebar", which will load the Table of Contents in a Sidebar at the left. The Sidebar duplicates the Table of Contents, with the advantage that it is always visible - no jumping back and forth. At the top of the Sidebar is a drop-down menu that duplicated the white tab. The Sidebar is independently scrollable, and you can open and close it whenever you like without losing your place.

In addition to the Tab and Sidebar, many of the gray header bars contain a useful link at the upper right. Most often, this is to the chart page that encloses the current location. This is something like zooming out. You'll see.

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Once you find a subject that interests you, just dive right in. Everything is cross-linked with everything else, across all subjects, so you never know what you might find, no matter where you start.

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