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The Circassian Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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The Circassian was originally an iron steamer displacing 1558 tons. She was built in Belfast, Ireland, was 254 feet long and had a 39 foot beam. The story involving the Circassian shipwreck is in reality a story about two shipwrecks. Or the story of one crew being shipwrecked twice.

The Bark Heath Park manned by a twelve man crew was under the command or Captain Smith. Sheen countered rough weather from the beginning of her voyage and on the second day sprang a leak. The Captain gave the orders to make for the closest land. The crew of the Heath Park started to throw her cargo into the sea in an effort to lighten the sinking ship. Finally on the third day the Circassian saw her distress flag and picked up her crew before the weathered Heath Park slipped beneath the waves. The Circassian. According to the New York Times report of the accident. " Several days after the rescue, while the Circassian was nearing the end of her journey, she encountered the heavy gale of Saturday night. Night rapidly came on, accompanied by a heavy snow squall, which rendered it impossible to see more then the length of the vessel. The Captain in order to ascertain their location, ordered the ship to be turned to the windward and the lead heaved overboard. Just as the crew was about to fling over the lead sounding weight, the ship suddenly struck on the outer bar, opposite  Bridgehampton, Long Island." Today this wreck probably lies scattered or buried beneath Bridgehampton Bar.





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