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New Jersey Scuba Diving

Early Reefs

These seven sites on the Sea Girt Artificial Reef predate the state-run reef program:

Informal reef building took place all along the coast for decades, but these are the only sites for which records exist.


Carlson II

Sea Girt Reef

Carlson II reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 70 ft )
Sponsor:
Axel Carlson Jr.
Sunk:
June 1973
GPS:
40°06.805' -73°57.176'
Depth:
70 ft

If the date is correct, then this would be the earliest "modern" artificial reef sunk off New Jersey, sunk by the Artificial Reef Committee before the state's reef program began.


Cinderella

Sea Girt Reef

Cinderella reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 70 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday March 15, 1983
Sponsor:
Artificial Reef Committee
GPS:
40°06.777' -73°56.860'

One of the earliest reefs, sunk before the state took over the artificial reef program.


Drydock

Sea Girt Reef

Drydock reef

Type:
shipwreck, drydock barge
Specs:
( 100 ft )
Sunk:
February 1979
Sponsor:
Artificial Reef Committee
Depth:
75 ft
GPS:
40°07.759' -73°56.384'

A large rectangular wooden structure, now deteriorated. Many large fallen timbers ought to provide homes for lobsters, but they are disappointingly few and small, probably because this site is visited so often. The interior is full of stones and pipes. In 2006 it was pulverized under a large load of concrete.

Drydock reef

Drydock reef
Side-scan sonar image, 1998. The side walls have long-since collapsed.


Kiley B

Sea Girt Reef

Kiley B reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 75 ft )
Sunk:
June 1983
Sponsor:
Artificial Reef Committee
GPS:
40°06.540' -73°56.827'
Depth:
70 ft

Kiley B reef
Side-scan sonar image. Doesn't look like there's much left of the wooden hull.

The Kiley B was sunk by the Artificial Reef Committee before the state's reef program began.


Railroad Barge

Sea Girt Reef

Railroad Barge reef
Side-scan sonar image

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 200 ft )
Sunk:
1977
Sponsor:
Artificial Reef Committee, Weeks Marine Co.
GPS:
40°06.986' -73°56.868'
Depth:
70 ft

Railroad Barge reef
Railroad tracks on the deck

This big barge was sunk by the Artificial Reef Committee before the state's reef program began. The deck is an easy and interesting dive at only 55 feet. There are many big rust holes to explore, and penetration is possible in many places. Inside is dark and somewhat cramped, filled with sand and diagonal bracing, and the occasional bulkhead. You can swim through to the light at the other side, but you may find you cannot exit right there, although there are so many holes that it is not hard to find an exit someplace close by. The north end of the barge is completely opened up.

Railroad Barge reef
Mushroom-shaped mooring bits


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