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I'm looking for recent dive/fishing reports of the Radford. If you've been there in the last year or two, I'd like to hear what you found. In particular, where is the stern now? I can find no reports since 2012.

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.

Sea Girt Artificial Reef


YC-1504 "Captain Etzel"

Sea Girt Reef

Captain Etzel reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge, US Navy
Built:
1968, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, as YC-1504
Specs:
( 110 x 32 ft )
Sponsor:
US Navy, Clark's Landing Marina
Sunk:
Wednesday July 6, 1994
GPS:
40°07.910' -73°56.168'

Captain Etzel reef


Car Float #52

Sea Girt Reef

Car Float #52 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 )
Sponsor:
East Coast Tender Services
Sunk:
Wednesday February 10, 1988
GPS:
40°07.135' -73°56.919'

Car Float #52 reef
The train rails appear to have been removed

Car Float #52 reef
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

Golden Eagle reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 80 x 23 ft )
Sponsor:
Eagle Pharo Memorial
Dedication:
Captain Eagle Pharo
Sunk:
Friday December 19, 1997
GPS:
40°08.190' -73°56.100'

Golden Eagle reef

see Restorer


Morania 180

Sea Girt Reef

Morania 180 reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
1961, Beaumont TX USA
Specs:
( 230 ft )
Sponsor:
Morania Oil Company
Sunk:
Monday June 6, 1988
GPS:
40°06.301' -73°57.424'
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.

Morania 180 reef side-scan
Side-scan sonar image

Morania 180 reef
Morania 180 reef


"Ocean Wreck Divers IV" "The Bow"

Sea Girt Reef

Ocean Wreck Divers IV 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 )
Sponsor:
Ocean Wreck Divers
Sunk:
Friday August 7, 1998
GPS:
40°07.750' -73°56.345'
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

Response reef

Type:
shipwreck, buoy tender
Specs:
( 46 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday January 8, 2008
GPS:
40°07.931' -73°56.373'

Response reef
Response reef


Restorer

Sea Girt Reef

Restorer reef
Restorer ( center ) under tow with Golden Eagle

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Specs:
( 62 ft )
Sponsor:
Bob Henry
Sunk:
Friday December 19, 1997
GPS:
40°08.005' -73°56.025'

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

Ronde Joyce II reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1941, Pascagoula MS USA
Specs:
( 62 x 17 ft )
Sponsor:
Coffey, Graybowski, Clark's Landing Marina, Mercury Marine
Sunk:
Thursday August 5, 1993
GPS:
40°06.486' -73°57.224'
Depth:
65 ft

Ronde Joyce II reef

Ronde Joyce II reef
Side-scan sonar image

Ronde Joyce II reef


Smoke II

Sea Girt Reef

Smoke II 'Ed Bogaert'

Type:
shipwreck, fire boat
Built:
1958, New Orleans LA USA
Specs:
( 52 ft, 34 tons )
Sponsor:
FDNY, Ann E Clark Foundation
Dedication:
Ed Bogaert
Sunk:
Friday August 8, 2008
GPS:
40°07.829' -73°56.379'

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.

Smoke II 'Ed Bogaert'

Smoke II 'Ed Bogaert'

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Smoke II 'Ed Bogaert'


Swenson barges I & II

Sea Girt Reef

Swenson barges I & II reefs
Swenson Barge I

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 130 x 30 ft )
Sponsor:
Shore Dock Company Inc.
Sunk:
I - Friday July 25, 1986
II - Wednesday September 16, 1987
GPS:
40°07.305' -73°56.885'

Swenson barge I reef side-scan
Side-scan sonar image - Swenson barge I

Swenson barge II
Swenson barge II


tanks

Sea Girt Reef

army tanks reef
An M-113 APC is pushed overboard to build a reef.

Type:
various types of Army tanks and other vehicles, 15 in all
Sponsor:
Friends of Clifford Lipke, NJ National Guard
Dedication:
Clifford Lipke
Sunk:
1998
GPS:
40°07.608' -73°56.650'

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.

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

army tanks reef
A crane gets dunked


"Wedding Barge"

Sea Girt Reef

Wedding Barge reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 109 x 34 ft )
Sponsor:
Friends of Craig and Pat Thoman
Dedication:
Craig and Pat Thoman
Sunk:
Tuesday January 15 2002
GPS:
40°07.370' -73°56.765'

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