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The Money Ship Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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In November of 1816 an unidentified sailing ship was spotted drifting off the beach. The vessel eventually drifted aground off Shinnecock. Apparently her crew had abandoned the vessel a day earlier and had attempted to come ashore in lifeboats. Heavy seas capsized the small boats and the few survivors who did manage to crawl ashore alive were quickly murdered by a wreckers on the beach.

When the wreck which was now sitting solid on a sand bar was visited the group found and empty vessel. One man noticed a silver dollar on the floor and after picking it up, noticed that a board in the ceiling of the Captains cabin was loose and sagging under a heavy load. When they pulled the board down silver coins poured out of the ceiling. To this day no ones knows exactly how many coins were found.

Shortly after the mystery treasure ship broke up in the heavy surf coins started to wash up on Shinnecock Beach. The coins which were dated 1800 can still occasionally be found today. The location of the MONEY SHIP WRECK is unknown but probably buried under a few feet of sand.





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