Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York

Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York

Sea Girt Artificial Reef

New Jersey Reefs

3.6 Nautical Miles off Sea Girt

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.


YC-1504 'Captain Etzel'

Sea Girt Reef

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


Car Float #52

Sea Girt Reef


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


The train rails appear to have been removed


Side-scan sonar image. A big box.

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


Golden Eagle

Sea Girt Reef

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

see Restorer


Morania 180

Sea Girt Reef

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.


Side-scan sonar image



'Ocean Wreck Divers IV' / 'The Bow'

Sea Girt Reef


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

Sea Girt Reef

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



Restorer

Sea Girt Reef


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

Sea Girt Reef

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


Side-scan sonar image


Smoke II 'Ed Bogaert'

Sea Girt Reef

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.


Swenson barges I & II

Sea Girt Reef


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.


Side-scan sonar image - Swenson barge I


Swenson barge II


tanks ( 'Clifford Lipke Reef' )

Sea Girt Reef


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.


M-578 armored cranes being cleaned prior to sinking. Several of these lie at this site.


A crane gets dunked


'Wedding Barge'

Sea Girt Reef

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



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