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The Celtic Shipwreck  New York and New England's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New England Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.

On November 17 1984,The tug boat Celtic was towing the 145 foot barge Cape Race across the Long Island Sound from Bridgeport Ct to Port Newark NJ. When the Celtic failed to answer radio calls and did not arrive on schedule the Coast Guard was called. The Coast Guard located the Celtic under an oil slick in 70 feet of water. She was only one mile south of Sheffield Island. The bodies of her five crewmembers were retrieved by police divers. It is speculated that the Barge actually went down first. The sinking barge then pulled the Celtic down with her.

Rick Schwarz and I explored this wreck in March of 1985. We found a perfectly intact shipwreck with all her portholes and brass fittings in place. Although, we really just did one quick bounce dive Rick did remove a pad from her wheel house. The paper work contained her Lubrication Chart which told us that she had a 1600 hp diesel engine, retractable pilothouse, and two G.M 4-71 Generators

Today, the Celtic and the barge Cape Race lie on a rocky bottom. The Celtic sits upright almost like a story book shipwreck. Her tow cable still connects the two wrecks.
Remember penetration into any shipwreck should only be done by those with proper training, experience and wreck diving equipment.






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