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The John Minturn Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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JOHN MINTURN

DIRECTIONS:             (Mantoloking, Ocean County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Rt 34 South. Stay on Rt 34 straight through two traffic circles. After the second circle take Rt 35. After two lane highway reduces to a single lane turn right on Princeton Ave. Wreck is off Princeton Ave. Please note that there is no close parking available.

CONDITIONS:
The sailing vessel John Minturn, under the command of Captain Starke, ran aground at 8:00 AM during a fierce gale on February 14, 1856. This storm became known as the "Great Northeast Snowstorm of 1846" and was responsible for the loss of at least ten vessels and 60 lives. The beaches of Monmouth County were strewn with ships' cargo and  human bodies for days. Unfortunately for those aboard the John Minturn, they had suffered the greatest loss of life. Due to the turbulent sea, nothing could be done to rescue the 51 passengers and crew trapped on the doomed ship. Finally, at 10:00 PM, after a gruelling day the John Minturn broke apart. Passengers' cries could be heard as the vessel dumped them into the freezing sea. Only a handful of survivors were picked out of the ocean and brought to safety. According to the book "PERILS OF THE PORT OF NEW YORK" by Jeannette Rattray  "A New York pilot, Thomas Freeborne, was on board. Freeborne gave his coat to the captain's wife, who was on board with her children." He then froze to death. "A monument was erected in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, as a testimonial to Thomas Freeborne's self-sacrifice." In all, 42 passengers and crew members died, and although Mr. Freeborne's actions were heroic, Captain Stark, his wife and children were included in the fatalities.

Today, the unidentified wreck known as John Minturn lies just beyond the surf off Mantoloking, New Jersey. The wood wreck sits in 20 feet of water.

 
 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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