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The Peter Rickmers 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.

The four-masted bark, Peter Rickmers, was built in Port Glasgow, Scotland in 1889. She was designated as a four-masted bark in England, but was classified as "fully rigged" in the United States. She was 2,958 gross tons and considered to be one of the finest and largest vessels of her kind.

On April 30, 1908,under the command of Captain Bachmann while en route from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Rangoon, Burmah, with 120,000 cases of kerosene and crude oil, she was caught in a heavy southeast gale. The wind and sea drove her hard aground near Short Beach. Due to the treacherous surf, lifesavers from Zachs Inlet, Short Beach and Point Lookout failed to get a boat to her. A message was sent, and the R.C. Mohawk  a vessel which would herself sink in 1917 plus two tugboats came from Sandy Hook to try their hand at pulling her off the bar. Their efforts failed. A final attempt was made to lighten her by throwing over some of the cargo, but this was too little too late. All crew members were finally brought ashore, but Captain George Bachmann stayed aboard with 40 wreckers who had boarded to try to save her precious cargo. The wreckers stayed aboard during storm after storm. Finally on May 15, in fear for their lives, they were safely brought to shore in breeches buoys by the lifesavers.

Today, the Oil Wreck, as she is sometimes called, sits in 15 to 20 feet of water completely buried beneath sand, one mile east of Jones Inlet. In 1997 a clam dredge from Doxies snagged and subsequently recovered a small flouted anchor from the area. This anchor may prove to be from the Peter Rickmers wreck.

Peter Rickmers Shipwreck. Photo Dan Berg's Wreck Valley Collection.

Anchor recovered from the area of the Peter Rickmers Shipwreck. Photo Dan Berg's Wreck Valley Collection.






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