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The Acara Shipwreck  New York's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.
The Acara was a British steel hulled steamship built by Palmers SB & Iron Company., Ltd., New Castle, England in 1898. She was owned by James Marke Wood, Liverpool. She was 380 feet in length, had a beam of 47.3 feet and displaced 4,193 gross and2,677 net tons.

At 2:00 AM, on March1, 1902, the Acara, which is currently referred to as the Tea Wreck, was enroute from England to New York with a cargo of 50,000 cases of Chinese tea,14,800 100 pound tin ingots and an assorted cargo of spices, rubber and gum when she ran aground just east of Jones Inlet during a heavy gale. The crew was able to launch two life boats. The first boat carried 44 crew members and managed to make it to shore. The second boat capsized, spilling 17 men into the  freezing surf. Fortunately, the life saving crews of both Zachs Inlet and Short Beach Inlet  came to the Acara's aid, and due to their heroic efforts, all of the crew members were saved. The Acara held together for two more days before she finally gave in to the constant pounding of the sea. She broke into two, taking her cargo of imported Chinese tea to the bottom. Within months of her sinking, local salvagers were able to recover 12,000 tin ingots from her cargo.

Today, The Tea Wreck lies just East of Jones Inlet, 500 to 600 yards off the shore in about 25 feet of water. She is mostly broken up, with sand covering much of her ribbing. Parts of her still rise ten to 15 feet from the bottom, providing a good home for black fish, sea bass, and lobsters. Divers have found all sorts of artifacts on this wreck including brass fittings and spikes, while fishermen can enjoy good fishing close to shore.






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