The John C Fitzpatrick Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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JOHN C. FITZPATRICK
This previously unidentified wreck has been known as the Jug for
years. Two years ago, Ron Barnes, of the Aquarians Dive Club, found
and recovered her bronze windlass cover. Written on his artifact,
Ron found the following information: "John C Fitzpatrick, American
Ship Windlass Co. Providence RI, 1892. F. W. Wheeler & Co.
Shipbuilder, West Bay City, Michigan". Ron's find identified the
wreck as the John C Fitzpatrick, a four-masted wooden schooner built
in 1892. She was 242 feet long, had a 39 foot beam and 16 foot
draft. The Fitzpatrick displaced 1,277 gross tons and 1,207 net
On April 3, 1903, the Fitzpatrick, which had been converted to a
barge, was being towed by the tugboat, Sweepstakes, from
Philadelphia to New Bedford with 2400 tons of Bituminous coal. The
Barge's boiler blew up and she sank immediately with her entire crew
of five. At the time, the Fitzpatrick was owned by Boutelle
Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
Today, the John C. Fitzpatrick lies scattered on the ocean floor in
130 to 140 feet of water out of Shinnecock inlet. Her remains are
excellent for finding big lobsters.
I have not been to the
Jug Wreck in quite a few years. Was reading a divers report in The
Deco Stop which reported "a dragger hung the wreck and ripped what I
would estimate to be the forward 20' off the wreck. The net and gear
are now lying in a pile on the bottom.
Photo: Ron Barnes with the capstain
identified the wreck as the Fitzpatrick. Photo courtesy Aquarians
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