The Manasquan Inlet Shipwreck
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MANASQUAN INLET WRECK
DIRECTIONS: (Manasquan, Monmouth County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. Take Rt 34 South, you will
pass straight through two traffic circles. After the second circle
get on Rt 35 South. Turn left onto Union Ave, then right onto Fisk
Ave. Fisk will turn into Brielle Rd. Stay on Brielle Rd to the end
and turn right onto First Ave.
A few years back divers Tom Nolan and Carlos Narcisco were planning
to dive the Manasquan Wreck. While trying to locate the wreckage
they were carried southeast by a current. In attempting a search
pattern they came across a small wooden wreck in 27 feet of water.
Thinking this was a newly uncovered piece of the Manasquan Wreck,
they investigated intensely until they ran low on air. The divers
took land ranges and when they compared them to the land ranges for
the Manasquan Wreck, they discovered they were quite distant.
On their next trip to the wreck, accompanied by Howard Rothweiler,
the divers explored the new wreck to see if they could identify any
similarities between this site and the
Manasquan Wreck. Finding no
conclusive evidence, but finding many differences in wood shape and
size, the team believes the two sites to be of different wrecks. For
lack of a better name this site has become known as the Manasquan
Inlet Wreck or Barge Wreck.
Today divers will find wooden ribs held together with brass pins and
large steel cubes that may have been used for ballast or trade.
Carlos reports that the wreck site is approximately 200 feet long
and almost 100 feet wide. Although no artifacts recovered positively
identify the wreck, some believe she is the wreck of the Civita
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