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The Roda Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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Built by A. McMillan& Son, Ltd; Dumbarton in 1897 and owned by the C.T. Bowring & Company, the Roda was 315 feet long by 44 feet wide. She displaced 2,516 tons and was powered by a 263 nhp tipple expansion engine.

On February 13, 1908,while on a voyage from Huelva, Spain, to New York, carrying a full cargo ofc opper ore, the Roda was driven aground by an icy eastern gale onto what is today called Tobay Beach.  All of the Roda's crew were saved in what was called "The most heroic rescue on the Long Island coast in the winter of 1908".

The Roda broke in two shortly after running aground,  thus spilling her cargo into the sea.  She remained visible for a few years until a storm broke her rusted skeleton and finally sent her to the ocean floor.

Today, the Roda rests in 20 to 30 feet of water, one half mile offshore.  Her twisted remains and cargo are spread all over the seabed.  As far as diving this wreck, the surge in this area requires some experience, yet, on a calm day, she is almost within swimming distance from the beach. Fishermen and boaters should be aware that the ships bow and stern stem, plus some ribs, come to within inches of the surface.  I have only anchored over this site twice; each time I found that not more than five feet from my boat was wreckage that came within inches of the surface. If you want to dive or fish over this site, I recommend extreme care since many propellers have been bent on the extremities of this wreck.





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