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"120 Wreck"

Manasquan Chart

Shipwreck 120 Wreck side-scan
Side-scan sonar image

shipwreck, schooner barge
80 ft

You might first guess that the 120 Wreck is named for its depth, but actually it is named for the 120 degree compass heading taken to get to it from Manasquan Inlet. The real name of this wreck is long lost to time, just another expendable schooner barge from the late 1800's / early 1900's.

Today the 120 Wreck consists of a nearly contiguous low wooden debris field, perhaps 200 feet long. A large towing bit near the bow indicates that this was a schooner barge and not a self-propelled sailing ship. At the other end of the site, a lost scallop dredge is wedged into the stern of the wreck.

The ribs and decking form many holes, tunnels, and overhangs, ideal homes for sea life, of which there is a great deal. Large crabs, Sea Bass, Blackfish, and ling can be found, as well as an abundance of lobsters. In fact, this part of the wreck is often referred to as "Heartbreak Alley" - a choice lobster every two feet or so, all out of reach ! Smaller pieces of wreckage ( not shown ) lie scattered around the area.

Shipwreck 120 Wreck
The bow towing bit

Shipwreck 120 Wreck
Chains still wrapped around the bow winch

Shipwreck 120 Wreck
Ribs and decking, viewed over the keel

Shipwreck 120 Wreck
The scallop dredge in the stern of the wreck.

Shipwreck 120 Wreck
It is perhaps 8 feet across.

Side-scan sonar image courtesy of Capt. Steve Nagiewicz of the dive boat Diversion II.



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