The Carolina Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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Formally named the City of Savannah and the La Grande Duchesse, the
steamship Carolina was sunk by the U-151 on June 2, 1918. At the
time she was bound from San Juan to New York and was transporting
220 passengers 120 crew members and a cargo of sugar. The U-151 had
fired a three shots across the bow of the Carolina. Captain Barbour
had no choice but to let the Germans board his fine ship. The
Germans instructed all passengers and crew to get into lifeboats.
Once all were clear the U-Boat fired four shots into the Carolina,
just below her water line. Once the Carolina had sunk the U-Boat
left. Leaving the Carolinas passengers adrift. Unfortunately, a
storm soon struck the small boats. One lifeboat capsized killing
sixteen. The rest of the Carolinas passengers were picked up by
passing ships. Two lifeboats made it all the may to shore.
Today the Carolina now sits in over 240 feet of water 82 miles from
Manasquan Inlet New Jersey.
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