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The Ocean Prince Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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OCEAN PRINCE

Floating Dry Dock No.4 was a 200 foot long, 85 foot wide and 35 foot high wooden barge. She was donated by New York Shipyards to be sunk as a fish haven off Fire Island. Before the Dry Dock was sunk, a variance was obtained from the Army Corp's of Engineers. This was necessary because the Dry Dock had such a high silhouette that she would stick above the minimum 50 foot clearance necessary for any material deposited on the reef.

On Saturday November29, 1986, due to the efforts of Chet Zawacki, Captain Steve Bielenda, and the Captree Boatman's Association, Dry Dock No. 4 completed her 14 hour tow from Jersey City to a predetermined location on the southeast corner of the Fire Island Artificial Reef. Her seacocks were opened at 9:30 AM, and within a half hour she had slipped beneath the waves.

Dry Dock No. 4,nick-named Ocean Prince by Steve Bielenda after the tug boat who towed her, is now sitting in 71 feet of water. Her "V"shaped structure has broken down allowing lobsters, ling and black fish to inhabit her twisted remains.
 
 
        

 

 

 

 
 

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