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The Hussar 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.

This wooden hulled sailing vessel was built by Robert Inwood in 1763. She was 124 feet long had a 33 foot beam and displaced 627 gross tons.

In November of 1780the Hussar struck a rock and sank while trying to navigate through Hells Gate in the East River. Several treasure books speculate that the Hussar was carrying sterling as well as seventy prisoners of war in her hold when she went down. Over the years there has been several salvage attempts. Many treasure hunters claim to have proof of a sunken treasure. However, In her court marshal reports there was no claim or mention of the prisoners or any treasure. In 1819 several of the wrecks cannons and fitting were recovered. I would assume that if divers were going to recover her cannons they would have also picked up any treasure if there ever was any. I for one have not found any proof that a treasure exists.

The wreck of the Hussar is between 131st and 135th Streets in the Bronx.





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