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The George R Skolfield 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.
 
GEORGE R. SKOLFIELD

DIRECTIONS:        (Sea Isle City, Cape May County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 17 N. Stay on Sea Isle Blvd until over the bridge, then turn right onto Landis Ave.  The wreck is off Landis Ave.

CONDITIONS:
The three masted schooner, George R. Skolfield was built in 1885 by George R. Skolfield in Brunswick, Maine. She was 232 feet long, had a 39 foot beam and displaced 1,728gross tons.

On February 5, 1920,the Skolfield, which had been converted into a schooner barge, broke free from her tow. The Skolfield drifted until becoming stranded on Ludlum Beach, SeaIsle City.  Lifesavers from the beach launched a surf boat and despite the huge waves were successful in rescuing and taking her four crewmen safely ashore.

Today, the scattered wreck is found in only five feet of water. During low tide some wreckage protrudes above the ocean's surface. Her shallow depth coupled with the fact that most of the wreck is buried under the sand, make the George R. Skolfield undesirable to most divers.

According to Randle Biddle proprietor of Windship Studios in CA

"This vessel was a 3-mast full-rigged ship, not a schooner...

 

George R. Skolfield - One of the last "Down-Easters", built in 1885, grounded at Sea Isle, New Jersey (1929)

 
When her rig was cut down, and she was converted to a barge, it was common to call vessels of that configuration ' schooner barges' "
 

George Skolfield Shipwreck. Capt. Dan Berg New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.

George Skolfield Shipwreck. Capt. Dan Berg New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.

George Skolfield Shipwreck. Capt. Dan Berg New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.


 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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