Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York

Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York

Dive Sites - New Jersey - Cape May

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Do not ask for numbers - I will not give them out !


 

"$25 Wreck"

 

Type:
shipwreck, steamer
Depth:
90 ft

wooden paddlewheels & engine


 

Admiral Dupont

Admiral Dupont

Type:
shipwreck, steamer, USA
Built:
1847, England, as Anglia
Specs:
( 195 x 28 ft ) 750 gross tons, 50 passengers & crew
Sunk:
Thursday June 8, 1865
collision with ship Stadacona - 17 casualties
Depth:
150 ft

The wreckage at the site plotted is a likely match for the iron-hulled side wheel steamship Admiral Dupont.

New York Times


 

Alex Gibson

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
1877
Specs:
( 180 ft ) 2154 tons
Sunk:
1930s, no casualties
Depth:
40 ft

wooden


 

Almirante ( "Flour Wreck" )

Almirante

Type:
shipwreck, freighter, USA
Built:
1909, Ireland
Specs:
( 378 x 50 ft ) 3121 gross tons, 105 passengers & crew
Sunk:
Friday September 6, 1918
collision with U.S. Navy tanker Hisko - 5 casualties
Depth:
70 ft

The Almirante was a United Fruit Company steamship bound from New York City to Colon, Panama with a full cargo hold. On Friday September 6, 1918 at 2:00 a.m. The 15,000-ton Navy tanker USS Hisko rammed the Almirante in heavy seas and fog. The ship sank within 4 minutes, with an amazingly small loss of 5 lives out of 105 crew and passengers due to the prompt rescue by the Hisko crew and the Lifesaving Corps ( the precursor to the Coast Guard ) from Atlantic City. The entire cargo was lost, including 26 sacks of mail. The Hisko suffered some bow damage, but was able to safely continue on to New York.

The wreck site is more commonly called the "Flour Wreck," due to the white foam that washed onto the shore after the Almirante sank. For days after the wreck the local beaches were covered with a doughy, frothy mess. Because of this it was thought that large part of her cargo was flour, so the Almirante is known as the Flour Wreck, however the ship's manifest indicates that it was carrying a cargo of fruit, not flour. Flour from the galley may have been responsible for the mess but the quantity carried for consumption is not known, making any explanation pure conjecture.

The wreck lies scattered on the ocean floor in 70 feet of water. The wreck was twice blown up, wire dragged in 1938, and again in 1950. In addition, on a submarine patrol during July 1942, the blimp K-7 spotted the shape of the wreck from the air, and reported it as a possible U-boat. Coast Guard Cutter #464 dropped 5 depth charges on the wreck, further destroying it. Because of this, the wreck is mostly rubble with few identifiable parts. The Almirante is a great site for student divers because it is shallow, offers artifacts, is very scenic and its overlapping hull plates are an ideal habitat for lobsters and fish. Divers frequently spot sea bass, blackfish, eelpouts, harbor fluke and ling. The Almirante is a commonly visited site since it offers good visibility even when nearby wrecks have poor vis.

New York Times


 

American ( "American Oil Barge" )

American

Type:
shipwreck, private yacht converted to oil barge, USA
Built:
1898, New York NY USA
Specs:
( 218 x 23 ft ) 836 gross tons
Sunk:
Wednesday October 14, 1925
foundered - no casualties
Depth:
55 ft

partially intact steel hull


 

Astra

Astra

Type:
shipwreck, freighter, Denmark
Name:
Astra is Latin for star.
Built:
1945, Denmark, as Gudnaes
Specs:
( 333 x 51 ft ) 2709 gross tons, 105 passengers & crew
Sunk:
Friday March 30, 1951
collision with freighter Steel Inventor ( 5689 tons) - 5 casualties
Depth:
85 ft

Today the Astra sits in 85 ft of water on a sandy bottom. Her stern is intact and lists to port. The rest of the ship sits upright, her midsection collapsed. She can be easily penetrated, and is a great photography wreck. The stern has the greatest relief, coming 25 ft or so off the sand. Parts of automobiles are spread around the wreckage.

New York Times

Coast Guard Report


 

Azua

 

Type:
shipwreck, 4 masted schooner, USA
Built:
1918, New York NY USA
Specs:
( 171 x 34 ft ) 664 gross tons, 8 crew
Sunk:
Wednesday May 14, 1930
collision with liner City of Atlanta - no casualties
Depth:
130 ft

 


 

Brian C

Brian C

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1948, New Orleans LA USA, as John Cushman
Specs:
( 86 x 21 ft ) 136 gross tons, 4 crew
Sunk:
Tuesday November 13, 1979
foundered in storm - no casualties
Depth:
150 ft

intact


 

"Brigantine Buoy Wreck" ( "Fall River" )

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 200 ft ) 1759 tons, 4 crew
Sunk:
Tuesday November 1, 1932
foundered - no casualties
Depth:
70 ft

wooden


 

car float

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 270 x 25 ft )
Depth:
60 ft

partially intact, railroad car debris nearby


 

Cassandra

Cassandra

Type:
shipwreck, steamer, USA
Built:
1864, Mystic CT USA
Specs:
( 207 x 35 ft ) 1284 gross tons
Sunk:
Tuesday February 5, 1867
ran aground - no casualties

wood-hulled, location unconfirmed


 

Champion

Champion

Type:
shipwreck, steamer, USA
Built:
1859, Wilmington DE USA
Specs:
( 234 x 31 ft ) 1419 gross tons, 55 passengers & crew
Sunk:
Friday November 7, 1879
collision with sailing ship Lady Octavia - 28 casualties
Depth:
105 ft

The wreckage at the site plotted is a likely match for the iron-hulled side wheel steamship Champion.

(c) Atlantic Divers
The "Inshore Paddlewheeler" - the same ?


 

"China Wreck"

 

Type:
shipwreck, sailing ship
Specs:
( 140 ft ? )
Depth:
45 ft

The "China Wreck" is the partial remains of an unidentified late 19th century wooden sailing ship, with a cargo of china plates and cups, and miscellaneous articles. The wreck must be dived at slack tide, and even then conditions at the mouth of Delaware Bay tend to be muddy. The plates themselves date from about 1875, and are fairly ordinary and of little value except to divers who prize such artifacts; and despite years of plunder, there are still more to be found.


 

"China Junk Wreck"

 

Type:
shipwreck, schooner ???
Depth:
30 ft

The "China Junk Wreck" by Townsend inlet rises up to 15 ft. What you can see is a couple of boilers and a debris field. To dive it you must hit the tide just right. On a good day you can see 15-20 ft. A good tog spearfishing site.

Description courtesy of diver Brian Larsen.


 

Dorothy B. Barrett

Dorothy Barrett

Type:
shipwreck, schooner, USA
Built:
1904, Bath ME USA
Specs:
( 259 x 45 ft ) 2088 gross tons, 10 crew
Sunk:
Wednesday August 14, 1918
shelled by U-117 - no casualties
Depth:
60 ft

low debris field mostly buried in the sand


 

Elizabeth Warren ( "Southern Pet Wreck" )

 

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, clam dredge, USA
Sunk:
early 1960's
Depth:
50 ft


 

City of Georgetown

City of Georgetown

Type:
shipwreck, schooner, USA
Built:
1902, Bath Me USA
Specs:
( 168 x 36 ft ) 599 gross tons, 8+ passengers & crew
Sunk:
Sunday June 2, 1918
collision with liner Prinz Oskar ( 1090 tons) - no casualties
Depth:
110 ft

Today the wreckage lies in 110 ft of water. She has little relief, maybe 5 ft. Her wooden hull is pretty much sanded in and appears to be split into three sections. She is mostly frequented by fishing boats, so watch out for hooks and monofilament.


 

Eugene F. Moran

Euene F Moran

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1902, New York NY USA
Specs:
( 91 x 22 ft ) 164 gross tons, 11 crew
Sunk:
Sunday December 9, 1917
foundered in storm - no survivors
Depth:
25 ft

completely demolished

Photo courtesy of  McAllister Towing.


 

"Evening Star" ( "Pig Iron Wreck" )

 

Type:
shipwreck, tanker
Depth:
40 ft

 


 

Florida

Florida

Type:
shipwreck, steamer, USA
Built:
1876, Baltimore MD USA
Specs:
( 259 x 36 ft ) 1280 gross tons, no crew
Sunk:
Wednesday May 14, 1930
foundered in storm while being towed to wreckers - no casualties
Depth:
shallow

unknown, probably buried


 

Gypsum Prince

Gypsum Prince

Type:
shipwreck, freighter, England
Built:
1927, England
Specs:
( 347 x 52 ft ) 3915 gross tons, 26 crew
Sunk:
Sunday May 3, 1942
collision with freighter Voco ( 5090 tons) - 6 casualties
Depth:
70 ft

Today the Gypsum Prince sits in 80 ft of water on a sandy bottom. She was blown up in August of 1942 because she was a hazard to navigation, and today she is almost completely torn apart - a mass of twisted metal and hull plates. All this gives good cover for lobster and fish. She is a hard wreck to dive because of her location at the end of the Cape Henlopen Breakwater. Current can be very fast and visibility is usually poor, diving at slack tide is strongly suggested.

The Voco was also involved in the collision that sank the Choapa.


 

Hornet

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 70 ft )
Depth:
50 ft

intact, steel


 

King Cobra

King Cobra

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1887, Philadelphia PA USA, as Beverly Francis
Specs:
( 67 x 16 ft ) 52 gross tons, 4 crew
Sunk:
Wednesday January 3, 1979
unknown cause - no survivors
Depth:
45 ft

CompassThe King Cobra lies on upright on a sandy bottom, intact, and rising 15-20 ft off the bottom. Her steel deck plating has eroded and she can be easily penetrated. There is usually a steady current so caution is advised. Some lower sections are sanded in.

 


 

Lemuel Burrows

Lemuel Burrows

Type:
shipwreck, collier, USA
Built:
1917, Camden NJ USA, as Deepwater
Specs:
( 437 x 63 ft ) 7610 gross tons, 34 crew
Sunk:
Saturday March 14, 1942
torpedoed by U-404 - 20 casualties
Depth:
80 ft

The Lemuel Burrows was torn apart by three torpedoes*, and subsequently wire dragged twice. Today she sits in 80 ft of water on a sandy bottom. She is quite broken up, and a pretty good lobster wreck, still occasionally giving up some nice brass artifacts as well. Sometimes called "the Collier", she is dived often. Visibility is typical for the area, averaging 10-20 ft. Newer divers should heed the many overhangs, which could bring about an inadvertent penetration.

The U-404 sank the Tolten the day before.

* Waste three torpedoes on an old collier ? The U-boat skipper was probably just trying to get rid of his "fish" so he could go home.


 

Manhattan / Powhattan

 

Type:
shipwreck, sailing ships
Sunk:
Sunday April 16, 1854
foundered in storm
Depth:
35 ft

The packet ship Manhattan sank with eight of her nine crew. In the same storm, the 200 ft schooner Powhattan was also lost nearby, with over 350 immigrants on board and no survivors. Neither wreck has been positively identified, although there are several candidates, including one old wooden hull buried up to the gunwales in the sand.


 

Misty Blue

Misty Blue

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, clam dredge, USA
Built:
1976, Mississippi USA
Specs:
( 85 x 24 ft ) 145 gross tons, 4 crew
Sunk:
Tuesday April 12, 1983
cause unknown - no survivors
Depth:
120 ft

Today the Misty Blue lies in 120 ft of water on her starboard side, intact Clam cages and other debris surround the wreck site. She is not dived often.

Harley Sager
The masthead light


 

Montgomery

Montgomery

Type:
shipwreck, steamer, USA
Built:
1858, New York NY USA
Specs:
( 198 x 29 ft ) 1100 gross tons
Sunk:
Sunday January 7, 1877
collision with schooner Seminole - 13 casualties
Depth:
150 ft

The wreckage at the site plotted is a likely match for the wooden-hulled screw steamship Montgomery.

New York Times


 

Northern 29 ( "Whopper" )

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
1918
Specs:
1267 tons
Sunk:
Sunday December 10, 1933
foundered in rough seas
Depth:
70 ft

low lying wood & metal debris field


 

Nuphar

 

Type:
shipwreck, iron-hulled screw steamer
Built:
1881, England
Specs:
( 287 x 37 ft ) 1963 gross tons
Sunk:
Saturday September 23, 1882
ran aground - no casualties

Coast Guard records denote this wreck as "disproved" - no longer there.

New York Times


 

Patrice McAllister

Patrice McAllister

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1919, New Orleans LA USA, as M&J Tracey
Specs:
( 94 x 24 ft ) 201 gross tons, no crew
Sunk:
Monday October 4, 1976
foundered in storm while under tow - no casualties
Depth:
55 ft

Small tugboats are not always the most seaworthy vessels, and this one proves the point. She lies upright and intact, 55 ft down.


 

"Pet Wreck"

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 120 ft )
Depth:
55 ft

wooden, partially intact


 

Ranald ( "Reynolds" )

 

Type:
shipwreck, iron-hulled screw steamer
Built:
1878, Scotland, as Clan Ranald
Specs:
( 305 x 34 ft ) 2008 gross tons
Sunk:
Tuesday June 4, 1901
foundered when cargo of asphalt melted and shifted - no casualties
Depth:
40 ft

on port side, pointing south
generally poor visibility, mud bottom

New York Times


 

Salem

 

Type:
shipwreck, schooner barge
Built:
1900
Specs:
703 tons, 3 crew
Sunk:
Sunday April 3, 1932
- no survivors
Depth:
55 ft

 


 

Sea Girt

 

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, clam dredge
Specs:
( 120 ft )
Sunk:
August 1990
Depth:
65 ft

intact, upright, steel hull


 

"Slabs"

 

Type:
rock pile
Depth:
60 ft

field of huge granite slabs


 

Wayne

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
436 tons
Sunk:
Wednesday May 25, 1932
Depth:
45 ft

wooden


 

William B. Diggs ( "Green Blinker Wreck" )

 

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
1918
Specs:
1041 tons
Sunk:
Monday September 3, 1934
foundered - no casualties
Depth:
42 ft

The Diggs was engaged in a salvage operation at the time of her loss, and actually settled on top of another shipwreck, of unknown origin. The green blinker buoy for which it is known was removed after the wooden wreck was demolished in the 1970s.


 

YP-387

(c) Rich Galiano
These modern Navy "Yippie" (YP) boats are a common summer sight.
They are used to train cadets in boat handling and seamanship, and are
usually found in groups of four or more, executing synchronized maneuvers.

Type:
shipwreck, patrol boat, U.S. Navy, converted trawler
Built:
1941Quincy MA, USA, as Salem
Specs:
( 102 x 22 ft ) 170 gross tons, 21 crew
Sunk:
Wednesday May 20, 1942
collision with collier Jason - 6 casualties
Depth:
40 ft

On 10 September 1947, Windlass, in company with Salvager, began searching for the sunken YP-387. She located the wreck and began salvage operations while Salvager returned to Bayonne, apparently to get necessary equipment. Windlass apparently shifted briefly to Norfolk, Va., for the same reason before both heavy lifting salvage vessels returned to the site of the sunken YP off Hereford, N.J., on 1 October 1947. Two days later, they placed demolition charges in the sunken "Yippie boat" and blew her up to prevent her from being a hazard to navigation.

-- exact location unknown

From: the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

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