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Absecon Inlet

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Absecon Inlet

Absecon Inlet


Antioch

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Shipwreck Antioch
Note the life-saving breeches-buoy at right

Type:
shipwreck, sailing ship, USA
Built:
1876
Specs:
( 180 ft ) 986 tons, 10 crew
Sunk:
Friday March 27, 1914
ran aground - no casualties
Depth:
20 ft

Probably sanded-in by beach restoration work

Shipwreck Antioch
Slowly going to pieces


Beach Jetties

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Beach Jetties
Dozens of jetties up and down the coast have been cut-though at the base like this one, making them inaccessible to fishermen, but not divers !


Brigantine Inlet

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Brigantine Inlet

Brigantine Inlet


Cape May Inlet

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Cape May Inlet



Corsons Inlet

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Corson's Inlet
Closed to navigation ?

Corson's Inlet


Delaware Bay

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Delaware Bay

I doubt this is a good place to dive. Even without the river pollution, the bottom is muddy and the water is full of silt. If anyone knows different, let me know.


Edmund Phinney

NJ Coast Chart


Type:
shipwreck, bark
Sunk:
Saturday December 14, 1907
ran aground 72 mph gale - no casualties ( incredible )
Depth:
25 ft

400 yards offshore, mostly buried, wooden


Great Egg Inlet

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Great Egg Inlet

Great Egg Inlet


Hereford Inlet

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Hereford Inlet

Hereford Inlet


Little Egg / Holgate Inlets

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Holgate Inlet
Holgate ( Beach Haven ) Inlet
( north branch of little Egg Inlet )

Little Egg Inlet
Little Egg Inlet
( Holgate Inlet at upper right )


Lizzie H. Brayton

NJ Coast Chart

Shipwreck Lizzie H. Brayton

Type:
shipwreck, schooner, USA
Built:
1891, Bath ME USA
Specs:
( 201 ft ) 979 tons, 9 crew
Sunk:
Sunday March 27, 1914
ran aground in storm - no casualties
Depth:
15 ft

recognizable ship-shape, probably sanded-in by beach restoration work


Meta ( "Mantoloking Wreck" )

NJ Coast Chart

Shipwreck Meta

Type:
shipwreck, sailing ship, Germany
Built:
1855, Damariscotta ME USA
Specs:
( 204 x 42 ft ) 1812 tons
24 crew
Sunk:
Sunday October 14, 1883
ran aground in fog - no casualties
Depth:
20 ft

wood wreck


New Era

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Shipwreck New Era

Type:
shipwreck, clipper, USA
Specs:
1300 tons, ~500 passengers & crew
Sunk:
November 13, 1854; ran aground during storm - few survivors

Accounts vary, but most of this ship's immigrant passengers and crew died in the storm during the night and the next day after the grounding, just 100 yards off the beach. Bad weather had beset the entire voyage. An outbreak of cholera claimed 46 lives prior to the shipwreck. In the end, the captain got lost, and thought he was off Long Island.

Several boats were put out from the stricken vessel to carry a rescue line to land, but in each case the sailors dropped the line and saved themselves. Finally, a surf boat reached the New Era from the shore, at which point the captain and remaining crew abandoned the passengers to their fate. Several steamers stood by, unable to help. Volunteers massed on the beach, but could do nothing until the storm abated. It was one of the biggest maritime disasters to date. Hundreds drowned, and bodies littered the coastline and were looted.

Shipwreck New Era anchor recovery
In 1999 the anchor was recovered and incorporated into a memorial. The rest of the wreck is buried off 6th Street, Asbury Park. Even by 1900, nothing could be found. Someday, a storm may dig it out.

The painting above is very bad - the masts and sails are all backwards !


Remedios Pascual ( "Bone Wreck" )

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Type:
shipwreck, sailing ship, Spain
Built:
1885, Canada, as Stalwart
Specs:
( 216 x 40 ft ) 1605 gross tons, 21 crew
Sunk:
Saturday January 3, 1903
ran aground in bad weather - no casualties
Depth:
25 ft

low scattered wooden debris, cattle bones, 200 yards offshore


Rjukan

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Type:
shipwreck, sailing ship, Norway
Specs:
( 160 ft ) 960 tons, 20 crew
Sunk:
Tuesday December 26, 1876
ran aground in bad weather - no casualties
Depth:
25 ft

low scattered wooden debris, 200 yards offshore


Sea Girt Inlet

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Sea Girt Inlet is reduced to an outflow pipe. The water it releases is often so contaminated with goose droppings that it causes beach closings for miles around.


Seaside Pipeline

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An old disused sewage outlet.


Townsends Inlet

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Townsend's Inlet

Townsend's Inlet


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