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The Maryland Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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The barge Maryland was built in 1891 and originally named the General Slocum. She was originally a paddle wheel steam ship. The Slocum was 236 feet long had a 38 foot beam and displaced 1,284 gross tons. As a paddle wheeler she was involved in one of the worst maritime disasters of her day. On June 15, 1904 while cruising the Hudson with over 1500 passengers the Slocum caught fire. Her wood hull was quickly engulfed with flame. The end result was over 1200 passengers lost their lives. A few years latter the charred hull from the Slocum was purchased and converted into a barge.

On December 4, 1911the barge Maryland was en-route from Camden NJ to Newark NJ when she started to leak. At the time she was being towed by the tug Hudson. The Marylands crew tried to repair the barge but the leak was to severe. The Maryland was sunk off Sea Isle City NJ. The Hudson was able to rescue the Marylands crew of three. The wreck sits in 25 feet of water a few hundred yards off the Ludlam beach.





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