Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York

Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York

Sea Girt Artificial Reef

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3.6 Nautical Miles off Sea Girt

Vessel Number
barge 14
tugboat 7
fishing 4
tanker 1/2
other 1
Total 27

The Sea Girt reef is located atop an underwater ridge known as the "Klondike". This is an area of clean sandy bottoms, and usually has relatively good visibility. Fish life abounds on all sites in this reef, although lobstering is slim. There are many more Army tanks than shown here, as well as quite a bit of concrete rubble scattered throughout the reef. The Sea Girt Reef is one of the oldest artificial reef sites in New Jersey. Reef-building activities at this site date back to 1937. Minimum clearance at mean low water is 50 feet.

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program


 

YC-1504 "Captain Etzel"

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

Type:
shipwreck, barge, US Navy
Built:
1968, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, as YC-1504
Specs:
( 110 x 32 ft )
Sunk:
Wednesday July 6, 1994
Sponsor:
US Navy & Clark's Landing Marina

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program


 

Car Float #52

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
The Car Float barge is pushed up the Navesink River below Twin Lights.
The tugboat is the Billy D, later sunk on the Shark River Reef.

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 270 x 39 ft )
Sunk:
Wednesday February 10, 1988
Sponsor:
East Coast Tender Services

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
The train rails appear to have been removed

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Side-scan sonar image. A big box.

"Car" refers to railroad cars - this barge was used to transport containers in-harbor.


 

Golden Eagle

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 80 x 23 ft )
Sunk:
Friday December 19, 1997
Sponsor:
Eagle Pharo Memorial

(c) Herb Segars

see Restorer


 

Morania 180

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
1961, Beaumont TX USA
Specs:
( 230 ft )
Sunk:
Monday June 6, 1988
Sponsor:
Morania Oil Company
Depth:
75 ft

This is a very big flat-topped tanker barge. The stern is the most interesting area, with a small platform and myriad big pipes and valves, and a big notch in the transom where the tugboat would go. Good spearfishing in this area as well. The bow of the barge is less interesting. A number of open hatches in the deck at 65 ft allow access to the interior, which is very dark.

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Side-scan sonar image

(c) Herb Segars
(c) Herb Segars


 

"Ocean Wreck Divers IV" / "The Bow"

(c) Steve Nagiewicz
Please support the Artificial Reef Program so
that they can sink the rest of this ship !

Type:
shipwreck, tanker ( front half only )
Specs:
( 85 x 30 ft )
Sunk:
Friday August 7, 1998
Sponsor:
Ocean Wreck Divers club
Depth:
70 ft

Think of it as a miniature inshore Algol, or half-Algol. The vessel was scrapped halfway through construction, and donated to the Artificial Reef Program. In this state it would require very little clean-up, with no engine room or other contaminated areas. The triangular space inside the bow is easily penetrated, the cargo tanks are less so. A field of concrete rubble extends around the site, ideal home for fish and lobsters.


 

Response

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

Type:
shipwreck, buoy tender
Specs:
( 46 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday January 8, 2008
Sponsor:
   

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
New Jersey Artificial Reef Program


 

Restorer

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Restorer ( center ) under tow with Golden Eagle

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Specs:
( 62 ft )
Sunk:
Friday December 19, 1997
Sponsor:
Bob Henry

The Restorer sank unexpectedly while under tow. The situation was complicated by the fact that she was the center vessel of a string of three. The tugboat crew severed the tow line to the Restorer in a nick of time, but as she went down, the other towline to the Golden Eagle catapulted that ship perilously close to the tug. In the end, everything worked out.


 

Ronde Joyce II

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1941, Pascagoula MS USA as J.H. Coppedge
Specs:
( 62 x 17 ft )
Sunk:
Thursday August 5, 1993
Sponsor:
Coffey, Graybowski, Clark's Landing Marina & Mercury Marine
Depth:
65 ft

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Side-scan sonar image

(c) Herb Segars


 

Smoke II "Ed Bogaert"

Duane Clause

Type:
shipwreck, fire boat
Built:
1958, New Orleans LA USA
Specs:
( 52 ft, 34 tons )
Sunk:
Friday August 8, 2008
Sponsor:
FDNY, Ann E Clark Foundation 

The Smoke II was built in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1958. It was 52 feet in length, steel, pumped 2,000 gallons per minute, and was equipped with two monitors (water nozzles). The fireboat was commissioned to be used as the chief’s tender for all marine operations and served as a command post. Later it was used as a backup for Marine Unit 6, the Kevin Kane. After September 11, 2001, the Smoke II pumped water to the World Trade Center site following the attacks. The boat also transported Fire Capt. Al Fuentes from the site to a trauma center in New Jersey after he was rescued from the rubble.

Brian Nunes-Vais

njscuba.net

Duane Clause


 

Swenson barges I & II

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Swenson Barge I

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 130 x 30 ft )
Sunk:
I - Friday July 25, 1986
II - Wednesday September 16, 1987
Sponsor:
Shore Dock Company Inc.

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Side-scan sonar image - Swenson barge I

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
Swenson barge II


 

tanks ( "Clifford Lipke Reef" )

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
An M-113 APC is pushed overboard to build a reef.

Type:
various types of Army tanks and other vehicles, 15 in all
Sunk:
1998
Sponsor:
Friends of Clifford Lipke & NJ National Guard

While former Army vehicles are scattered all over the artificial reefs, at this particular spot there are enough to make them worth a dive in themselves - 15 in all. This underwater battlefield is composed mainly of M-113 APCs, with a few other types thrown in. The large tailgate door at the back of each APC is removed, making it a sort of miniature cave. On a clear day you could probably get some interesting pictures.

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
M-578 armored cranes being cleaned prior to sinking. Several of these lie at this site.

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program
A crane gets dunked


 

"Wedding Barge"

New Jersey Artificial Reef Program

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 109 x 34 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday January 15 2002
Sponsor:
friends of Craig and Pat Thoman
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