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New Jersey Scuba Diving


New Jersey Scuba Diving

Dive Sites & Shipwrecks


Here is a comprehensive listing of dive sites in the New Jersey / Long Island area, covering shipwrecks, artificial reefs, beach dives, and selected inland sites. The emphasis is on recreational ( less than 130 ft ) diving in northern New Jersey, since that's where I live and dive. The current total is over 400 references, although this includes a few shipwrecks that are of purely historical interest.

New Jersey is a superb place for wreck diving. Estimates of the number of wrecks off this coast are between 4000 and 7000. To get some idea of what a staggering figure this is, take a look at the charts here, and for every black cross denoting a shipwreck, imagine 15-20 more. As if this was not enough, every year many excellent new "shipwrecks" are added by active artificial reef programs in both New Jersey and New York. Wrecks vary in age from the 18th century to World Wars I & II to the present day.

Shipwreck Lana Carol
Lana Carol

You can navigate this site by clicking on the colored chart labels to bring up information or more detailed charts ( there are ten interlinked main charts, and a number of smaller detail charts ) Alternatively, you can use the table of contents, and scroll through the pages manually. The text table of contents also contains a number of interesting web links for this section.

Most of the dive sites have only brief entries on a general index page. However, some of the sites that I have become familiar with have their own dedicated pages with more detailed descriptions and a few photographs. There are also many links to related pages on the Web. Many shipwreck's true identities are unknown. For these cases, the popular name of the wreck is enclosed in quotes.

Shark River Bridge
Shark River

Andrea Doria sinking
The Andrea Doria sinks

The Wreck of the USS Murphy - - New Jersey Scuba Diving Like "Below the Atlantic", this is another film about diving in New Jersey shot and edited about 8-10 years ago.

GPS Numbers

Many people ask for loran GPS numbers for the sites described in these pages. My policy is to not list numbers, as many of them were given to me in confidence, and I will not accidentally release someone's secret. However, after I added all the highly accurate and public-domain GPS numbers in the Artificial Reefs section of the website, I have reconsidered that position, somewhat.

What I have done is collect "GPS numbers" from four public lists, and compile them into a single spreadsheet. I culled the obvious errors, cleaned up the names, and sorted all the data. The numbers are in both common formats: degrees-minutes and degrees-decimal. You can download it here.

You'll notice that there are multiple entries for many wrecks, each listing the source. Often, these numbers turn out to be a quarter-mile apart or more. If two numbers agree, that is more likely an indication that one was copied from the other than that they are right. Some of these numbers might be accurate, but I couldn't tell you which, or which source is the best.

The GPS in my phone helps me find my way out of the woods when I get lost with the dog. The GPS in your car will show you which lane of the highway you are in. These 'GPS Numbers' often can't agree within a quarter of a mile of each other. What this shows is just how awful these public GPS lists really are - they are little more than bad Loran conversions from twenty years ago. If you don't believe me, plug a few of the numbers into this calculator and see for yourself.

Here is one incredible example: two sets of numbers given for the Delaware are over 2 miles apart !!! The Delaware is only 3 miles off the beach, and you can find it by land ranges with no instruments at all:

Shipwreck SS Delaware land ranges
Note the locations of the two sets of water and bridge towers.

This is indicative of the quality of the entire list - it is garbage. This particular error must a typo, but that's what happens when the same junk gets handed down for 20 years.

On the scale of my graphical charts, most of the errors might move a marker one pixel - so for my purposes it doesn't matter. But if you want to actually go out and find a wreck with these numbers, pack a lunch - you're going to be 'mowing the lawn' for a while! That is not to say there are not accurate sources for GPS numbers, but you will have to pay for them. See References.

I have added a few GPS numbers from government sources where the accuracy is high. I'm going to all the trouble and public disservice of posting all the trash numbers.

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I make no claim as to the accuracy, validity, or appropriateness of any information found in this website. I will not be responsible for the consequences of any action that is based upon information found here. Scuba diving is an adventure sport, and as always, you alone are responsible for your own safety and well being.

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