The Murphy 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.
DIRECTIONS: (New Suffolk, Suffolk County)
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 73 East. This will be Old
Country road. Continue until you get to the town of Cutchogue. Old
Country will have changed names to Route 25, or Main Road. Make a
right turn onto New Suffolk Road. Drive for one mile and make the
first left on Old Harbor Road and take this to the end.
Finding this wreck site is simple. Enter the water directly in
front of Old Harbor Road and swim straight out for about 50 feet.
This unidentified wreck, called the Murphy is said to be that of an
old wood-hulled, iron framed, pleasure craft probably sunk in the
early 1900's. According to a local old timer, whom we met at the
site one day, the Murphy was converted into a barge to haul
potatoes. She was finally beached and stripped of her machinery
when she was of no more use.
The scattered, seaweed-covered wreckage is spread over a large
area. Although very shallow (only two to four feet at low tide),
this dive should be of particular interest to artifact hunters.
Brass spikes and copper nails are commonplace and have been
recovered easily over the years by divers who have patience, a good
eye for brass, or just plain good luck.
Mike McMeekin at the Morphy wreck site. Photo Dan Berg Long Island Shore Diver Collection
Capt. Rick Schwarz with spikes from Murphy Shipwreck. Photo by Dan Berg Long Island Shore Diver Collection
Brass Spikes from the Murphy Shipwreck. Photo by Dan Berg Long Island Shore Diver Collection
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