New Jersey Scuba Diving

Dive Sites - New Jersey - Cape May

Introduction

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

Sea Conditions at Delaware Bay data buoy 44009
as of 2:50 am EST0750 GMT on 02/06/2016:

Wave Height (WVHT):5.6 ft
Dominant Wave Period (DPD):8 sec
Average Period (APD):5.5 sec
Mean Wave Direction (MWD):ENE ( 63 deg true )
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):30.39 in
Pressure Tendency (PTDY):+0.03 in ( Rising )
Air Temperature (ATMP):38.1 °F
Water Temperature (WTMP):45.0 °F
Dew Point (DEWP):22.5 °F

source: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44009

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FZUS51 KPHI 060224
CWFPHI

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE TO 20 NM OFFSHORE AND DELAWARE
BAY

ANZ400-061415-
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

.SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY...

HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE AREA TONIGHT, THEN MOVE
OFFSHORE ON SATURDAY. LOW PRESSURE FROM THE SOUTHEAST COAST IS
THEN EXPECTED TO TRACK OFFSHORE AS IT MOVES NORTH LATE SUNDAY AND
MONDAY. YET ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MAY DEVELOP IN ITS WAKE
NEAR THE MID- ATLANTIC COAST MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. HIGH
PRESSURE IS THEN EXPECTED TO SLOWLY NUDGE ITS WAY INTO OUR AREA
FROM THE WEST DURING THE LATTER PART OF NEXT WEEK.



ANZ450-451-061415-
COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK TO MANASQUAN INLET NJ OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM MANASQUAN INLET TO LITTLE EGG INLET NJ OUT
20 NM-
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SATURDAY


OVERNIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT...
DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4
FT LATE. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS.

SAT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SW EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON...
THEN INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 KT LATE. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. MAINLY IN SE
SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS IN THE MORNING...
BECOMING LIGHT.

SAT NIGHT
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT. MAINLY IN SE
SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS.

SUN
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL
WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS.

SUN NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING NE 20 TO 25 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 7 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

MON
NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT...BUILDING TO 8 TO 11 FT IN THE
AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN OR LIGHT SNOW. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM
IN THE AFTERNOON.

MON NIGHT
E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KT
AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS UP TO 35 KT. SEAS 8 TO 11 FT. A CHANCE OF
RAIN. A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

TUE
NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING N 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 7 TO 10 FT...SUBSIDING TO 5 TO 8 FT IN THE
AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE MORNING...THEN A
CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM IN THE MORNING.

TUE NIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. A CHANCE OF
RAIN AND SNOW. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SNOW
SHOWERS. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED NIGHT
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.



ANZ452-453-061415-
COASTAL WATERS FROM LITTLE EGG INLET TO GREAT EGG INLET NJ OUT
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM GREAT EGG INLET TO CAPE MAY NJ OUT 20 NM-
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SATURDAY


OVERNIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT...
BECOMING N AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT... SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT
LATE. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS.

SAT
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING NW LATE IN THE MORNING...
THEN BECOMING SW IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

SAT NIGHT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT. MAINLY IN SE
SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS.

SUN
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL
WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS.

SUN NIGHT
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KT
AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 7 FT AFTER
MIDNIGHT.

MON
NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 7 TO 10 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...
THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.

MON NIGHT
E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS
7 TO 10 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM AFTER MIDNIGHT.

TUE
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NW IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
6 TO 9 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN.

TUE NIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT. A CHANCE OF
RAIN AND SNOW. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SNOW
SHOWERS. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED NIGHT
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.



ANZ454-455-061415-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE MAY NJ TO CAPE HENLOPEN DE OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE HENLOPEN TO FENWICK ISLAND DE OUT 20 NM-
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST SATURDAY


OVERNIGHT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT...
BECOMING N AROUND 10 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT... SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 4 FT
LATE. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS.

SAT
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING S IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
2 TO 4 FT. MAINLY IN E SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS.

SAT NIGHT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. MAINLY IN SE
SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS.

SUN
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING N 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP
TO 20 KT LATE. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. MAINLY IN SE SWELL WITH A DOMINANT
PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS.

SUN NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING NE 20 TO 25 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.

MON
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT...DIMINISHING
TO 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 TO
9 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN
IN THE AFTERNOON.

MON NIGHT
E WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT
AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN.

TUE
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NW IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
4 TO 7 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN.

TUE NIGHT
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF
RAIN AND SNOW. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED
W WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

WED NIGHT
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.



ANZ431-061415-
DELAWARE BAY WATERS SOUTH OF EAST POINT NJ TO SLAUGHTER BEACH DE-
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

OVERNIGHT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...DIMINISHING TO 5 TO 10 KT.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SAT
NW WINDS AROUND 5 KT...BECOMING SW AROUND 5 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT NIGHT
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SUN
N WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SUN NIGHT
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS
2 TO 4 FT.

MON
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO
5 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING... THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN
IN THE AFTERNOON.

MON NIGHT
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS
3 TO 5 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE EVENING... THEN A CHANCE OF
RAIN AND SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

TUE
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING NW IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
3 TO 5 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE MORNING...THEN A
CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM IN THE MORNING.

TUE NIGHT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING W 15 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE EVENING. A
CHANCE OF SNOW. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND
SNOW SHOWERS. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED NIGHT
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.



ANZ430-061415-
DELAWARE BAY WATERS NORTH OF EAST POINT NJ TO SLAUGHTER BEACH DE-
924 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2016

OVERNIGHT
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.

SAT
LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS...BECOMING S AROUND 5 KT IN THE
LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SAT NIGHT
SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

SUN
NW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS... THEN 1 TO 2 FT
IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

SUN NIGHT
N WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS
2 TO 3 FT.

MON
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO
4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN
IN THE AFTERNOON.

MON NIGHT
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS
2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN. A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT.
VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

TUE
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NW IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
1 TO 2 FT. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

TUE NIGHT
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT. A CHANCE OF
SNOW. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND
SNOW SHOWERS. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

WED NIGHT
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.


source: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS51.KPHI.html

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'$25 Wreck'

Cape May Chart


Type:
shipwreck, steamer
Depth:
90 ft

wooden paddlewheels & engine


Admiral Dupont

Cape May Chart

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.


Alex Gibson

Cape May Chart


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

wooden


Almirante ( 'Flour Wreck' )

Cape May Chart

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.


American ( 'American Oil Barge' )

Cape May Chart

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

Cape May Chart

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.

Coast Guard Report


Azua

Cape May Chart


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

Cape May Chart

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' )

Cape May Chart


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

wooden


car float

Cape May Chart


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

partially intact, railroad car debris nearby


Cassandra

Cape May Chart

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

Cape May Chart

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.


The "Inshore Paddlewheeler" - the same ?


'China Wreck'

Cape May Chart


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'

Cape May Chart


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

Cape May Chart

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' )

Cape May Chart


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

City of Georgetown

Cape May Chart

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

Cape May Chart

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' )

Cape May Chart


Type:
shipwreck, tanker
Depth:
40 ft


Florida

Cape May Chart

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

Cape May Chart

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

Cape May Chart


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

intact, steel


King Cobra

Cape May Chart

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

The 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

Cape May Chart

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

Cape May Chart


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

Cape May Chart

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.


The masthead light


Montgomery

Cape May Chart

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.


Northern 29 ( 'Whopper' )

Cape May Chart


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

Cape May Chart


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.


Patrice McAllister

Cape May Chart

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'

Cape May Chart


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

wooden, partially intact


Ranald ( 'Reynolds' )

Cape May Chart


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


Salem

Cape May Chart


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


Sea Girt

Cape May Chart


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

intact, upright, steel hull


'Slabs'

Cape May Chart


Type:
rock pile
Depth:
60 ft

field of huge granite slabs


Wayne

Cape May Chart


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

wooden


William B. Diggs ( 'Green Blinker Wreck' )

Cape May Chart


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

Cape May Chart


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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