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The Eureka Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's Wreck Valley

Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.
 

The Eureka , a 128 foot tug boat, was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1898. The original owners were the Staples Coal Co., Fall River, Massachusetts. However, the last owners listed in Lloyd's Register are Martin Marine Transportation Co., Inc., Philadelphia. She had a 26 foot beam and weighed 353 gross tons.

 The wreck we know as Eureka sits in 110 feet of water, 16 miles south of Jones Inlet.  A few years ago, either in 1981 or 1982,  a couple of local divers recovered a nice relic from the wreck when they were able to cut off and raise her five foot diameter bronze propeller. According to Captain George Quirk, this wreck is not really the tug boat Eureka, but an unidentified clam dredge. His reasoning is the lack of towing bits on the wreck, plus the remains of fishing gear. I would have to support George's conclusion due to the fact that there is no listing of a vessel sinking with the name Eureka in the area, and upon further investigation and with the assistance of marine historian, Bill Schell, I have located a record in Lloyd's Register that the Eureka was dismantled in 1950.

 Whatever she is, the wreck known as Eureka, which is also called Broadcast or Broadcoast, is a magnificent wreck dive. She lies in a straight line, her boilers sticking up eight to ten feet off the bottom. Her engine is upright and her prop shaft is easily recognizable. There is also a steam winch and a mast, sitting in the sand off her port side. This wreck has become known for the abundance of bottles recovered around her and for a few large lobsters each season.

The Eureka is located offshore from the Three Sisters Wreck and Inshore from the G&D. The bottom can be a little silty but visibility in this area is usually pretty good.

Its always a good idea to let a little kid hold a big lobster. Here Chris Berg hold one of his dad's catches.

Underwater 3-D sketch of the Eureka Shipwreck. By Dan Berg and Aaron Hirsh

For many years this wreck was thought to be the Eureka tugboat. The wreck is actually unidentified.

Side Scan sonar image of the Eureks shipwreck site. By Dan Berg

Jimmy Fazalorie, Bob and Randi Eisen after a dive to the Eukeka Shipwreck.

Underwater 3-D sketch of the Eureka Shipwreck. By Dan Berg and Aaron Hirsh

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

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