I'm looking for recent dive/fishing reports of the Radford. If you've been there in the last year or two, I'd like to hear what you found. In particular, where is the stern now? I can find no reports since 2012.
New Jersey Scuba Diving
Robert J. Walker ( "$25 wreck" )
- shipwreck, side-wheel steamer USA
- Nov 27, 1847
- ( 133 x 31 ft ) tons
- June 21, 1860
collision with schooner Fanny
- 85 ft
This site was found in the 1970s by a commercial fisherman. The numbers were sold for $25, hence the name. Originally an armed Revenue Cutter like the RC Mohawk, the Walker was found to be less than satisfactory - the early steam propulsion systems were troublesome and inefficient. Eventually the vessel was transferred from the Revenue Service to the Coast Survey Service, where it proved to be a vast improvement over the sail-powered vessels of the era for this sort of work. Being self-propelled, the Walker could simply motor up to the survey site, and easily stay on station, not subject to the vagaries of the wind. The wreck was positively identified in 2013.
Side-scan sonar image with the bow at the top
Another anchor, with the first one in the background
A paddlewheel flange
The research team
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