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The Moriches Schooner 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.

This unidentified wooden schooner lies in 135 feet of water off Moriches Inlet. The wreck has an intact bow stem which stands up six to seven feet. According to Jim Fazzalorie her stern is recognizable and the wreck is loaded with marine life and giant cod fish. Divers have already located the compass bezel which unfortunately gave no clues to the wrecks actual identity.

I received this e-mail and photograph from diver Steve Roth.

"I was looking at the description of the Moriches schooner on your website & I was the diver who brought up the compass gimbal and bezel in 1987.  I was on Steve Achtner's boat and Jim Fazz was also there as well. The inscription on the compass reads:
  E.S. Ritchie, Boston
  Patented Sept 9, 1862
Ritchie Navigation responded to an inquiry and they sent me a copy of their old record book showing that the compass was sold through Riggs & Brothers in 1874. They were a ship's chandlery in Philadelphia and went out of business around 1960."







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