The Live Oak 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.
The Live Oak was a wooden sailing ship or sloop. On October 20, 1769
she was en-route, under the command of Captain Foy, from Santo
Domingo to New York when she ran aground on Squan Beach. The Live
Oak was transporting $20,000 in specie. To date no one has located
or positively identified the Live Oaks final resting place. She is
most likely buried beneath New Jersey's ever shifting sands.
According to John Potter's Treasure Diver's Guide " The money is
still there, some where under the beach or just off it in shallow
After the nor-easter of 1992 several silver Pillar Dollars all dated
1767-1769 were located. The coins which ranged from 1-8 reales were
found scattered over more then two miles of beach. It seems that the
wreck is completely buried and only the power of Mother Nature
occasionally uncovers or washes up a portion of her
This was the first
Spanish coin I ever found. My wife had it made into a ring for me.
Just an example of
My friend Mike McMeekin found this coin on the same beach as posted
above. Coin is in excellent condition especially considering be
submerged in a salt water environment. We were hunting the beach
after a winter storm. This coin was found high and dry in the sand.
Mike actually spotted it before his metal detector had a chance to
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