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WRECK VALLEY Vol II  ebook
A Record of Shipwrecks off Long Island's South Shore and New Jersey.

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This is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the wrecks that lie off the Long Island, New York, and New Jersey shores. This book is a completely new updated, expanded and enhanced edition of Daniel Berg's original Wreck Valley book. Wreck Valley Vol II covers the history, legend, present condition, aquatic life and pertinent dive information on over 90 shipwrecks. This text includes over 265 illustrations comprised of 137 color photographs, 97 black and white historical images, 32 sketches, plus one map. The collection of historical photographs alone would take years of archive research to locate and would cost a small fortune if purchased separately. Many of these rare photographs have never before been published. Divers, fisherman, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history, diving or the sea will surely find this book informative, fascinating and the perfect addition to their library.  

 
  Admiral Dupont Shipwreck

Admiral Dupont

The Admiral Dupont was a steamer built in England in 1847, The vessel was originally named the Anglia and displaced 750 gross tons. She was sunk due to collision with the Stadacona on June 8th, 1865. The Dupont wrecks now sits in 150 ft of water.

New York Times

Divers Tim Sherry, Andrew Nagle and Rusty Caseaway. Photo courtesy www.njwreckdivers.com

 

  Alex Gibson Shipwreck

The Alex Gibson shipwreck is the remains of a wood barge. The barge was built in 1877 was 180 ft long and displaced 2154 tons. She was sunk in the 1930's and now sits in 40 ft of water on a clean sand bottom.

 
    American Oil Barge Shipwreck

American

The American or American Oil Barge as she is more commonly known is the remains of a

private yacht converted to oil barge. She was built in

1898, in New York. She was 218 ft long and displaced 836 tons. The American was sunk on October 14, 1925. The steel hulled wreck now sits in only

55 ft

    Astra Shipwreck

Astra

The Astra was a freighter built in Denmark in 1945. She was 333 feet long had a 51 ft beam and displaced 2709 gross tons. The Astra was sunk due to collision with the freighter Steel Inventor on March 30, 1951.

Today the Astra sits on a clean sand bottom in 85 ft of water. Her stern is intact and lists to port. The rest of the ship sits upright with her midsection collapsed.

New York Times

    Brian C Shipwreck

Brian C

The Brian C is a tugboat built in New Orleans in 1948. She was originally named the John Cushman was 86 ft long had a 21 fr beam and displaced 136 gross tons. On November 13,1979 the Brian C foundered in a storm and went down in 150 ft of water.
 
    Brigantine Buoy Wreck Shipwreck
The Brigantine Buoy Wreck is also known as the Fall River. This wooden barge is approx 200 ft long and displaced 1759 tons. She was sunk due to rough seas on November 1, 1932 and now sits in 70 ft of water.
    Car Float Shipwreck

The Car Float is a barge. The wreck is approximately 270 ft long and has a 25 ft beam. She sits on a clean sand bottom in only 60 ft of water. Local divers report excellent spearfishing as well as spotting an occasional lobster on the site. This wreck should not be confused with the Car Float wreck off Long Island.

    Champion Shipwreck

Champion

The Champion is a iron hulled steamed which was built in 1859. The Champion was 234 ft long had a 31 ft beam and displaced 1419 gross tons. She was sunk due to collision with the sailing ship Lady Octavia on November 7, 1879. This wreck now sits in 110' of water.

Bart Malone recovered this brass key tag which confirms the wrecks identification as the Champion. Courtesy Bart Malone Collection.

 

    China Junk Shipwreck

The "China Junk Wreck" sits in 30 feet of water off Townsend Inlet. The wreck provides about 10 ft of relief. Divers will find boilers and a huge debris field.

    Evening Star Shipwreck
The Evening Star of Pig Iron Wreck appears to be the remains of a tanker that ran aground and broke up. The wreck sits in 40 ft of water and is scattered over a relatively large area.
    Florida Shipwreck
The Florida wreck is the remains of a steamer which was built in Baltimore in 1876. The Florida was 259 ft long had a 36ft beam and displaced 1280 gross tons. The Florida sunk in a storm on May 14, 1930 . The location of the wreck is not been located.
    Hornet Shipwreck
The Hornet wreck is the remains of a steel barge. She is approximately 70 feet long and 40 ft wide. The wreck sits in 50 ft of water. Her history and cause of sinking are unknown.
    Montgomery Shipwreck

Montgomery

The Montgomery was a steamer which was built in New York in 1858. she was 198 ft long had a 29 ft beam and displaced 1100 gross tons. The Montgomery was sunk due to a collision with the schooner Seminole on January 7,1877.

Today the wreck sits in approximately 150 feet of water. This wreck has never been positively identified.

New York Times

 
    Northern 29 Shipwreck
The Northern 29 wreck is the remains of a schooner barge. The vessel was built in 1918anddisplaced 1267 gross tons. She went down in a storm on December 10, 1933. The barge now sits in 70 feet of water and is scattered over a large area.
    Nuphar Shipwreck
The Nuphar was an iron hulled steamer which was built in England in 1881. The Nuphar was 287 feet long, had a 37 ft beam and displaced 1963 gross tons. The Nuphar ran aground on September 23,1882. This wreck has never been found and it is assumed that her wreckage is now completely buried by sand.

New York Times

Adam Geibel provided this additional information:

In September 1882, the iron steamer Nuphar was sunk on the outer bar of Townsen Inlet, New Jersey. The wreck being a dangerous obstruction to vessels passing through the inlet, itís removal was recommended. Under date of December 2, 1891, a contract was made with Enoch Townsend for the removal of the wreck for the sum of $4,875. The work was completed on April 7, 1892.

Abstract of propsoals for removal of the wreck of the steamship Nuphar, lying on the outer bar of Townsend Inlet, NJ, opened November 23, 1891 by Maj. C. W. Raymond, Corps of Engineers.
 
No.  Name and address of bidder.  Price
1 B.G. Bailey, Atlantic City, NJ $18,900
2 Wm. E. Chapman, NY, NY $8.490
3.  Atlantic and Gulf Wrecking Co., Somers Point NJ $9,700
4. Enoch Townsend, Somers Point, NJ $4,875
5. Charles W. Johnston, Lewes, DE $9,800
Report of the chief of engineers U.S. army, Part 1
 By United States. Army. Corps of Engineers, United States. Mississippi River Commission
 
Annual Report of the Chief of Engineers, US Army to the Secretary of War for 1891.

 

    Ranald ( Reynolds) Shipwreck
New York Times
The Ranald was an iron hulled screw steamer which was built in Scotland in 1878. She was originally named the Clan Ranald, was 305 ft long, had a 34 ft beam and displaced 2008 gross tons. The Ranald which is also know as the Reynolds wreck sunk on June 4th 1901 after her cargo of asphalt shifted and caused the vessel to founder. The wreck now sits on a silty bottom in only 40 feet of water.
    Salem Shipwreck
The Salem was a schooner built in the 1900's. She was converted to a barge before sinking on April 3, 1932. The wreck now sits in 55 feet of water.
    Wayne Shipwreck

Wayne's shipwreck is a sunken wooden barge which reportedly was sunk on May 25, 1932. She sits in 45 feet of water.

    William B. Diggs Shipwreck

The William B.Diggs was a barge which was built in 1918. The barge displaced 1041 tons and was engaged in a salvage operation when she sunk on September 3, 1934.  After her sinking a Green light buoy was placed over the wreck to mark the hazard to navigation. This buoy was removed after the wreck was wire dragged but today diver still refer to the wreck as the Green Blinker Wreck. This wreck sits in only 40 feet of water.

    YP-387 Shipwreck

The YP-387 was originally built in 1941 as the Salem. She was a trawler converted into a patrol boat. The YP-387 was 102 feet long, had a 22 foot beam and displaced 170 gross tons. On May 20, 1942 the vessel was sunk due to collision with the collier Jason. She now sits in 40 feet of water.

This wreck was located in 1947 demolition charges were placed and the remains blown up as a hazard to navigation.

 
   
 
 

 

 
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