The San Jose Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba
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The steel hulled passenger freighter San Jose was built in 1904. She
was 330 feet long, had a 44foot beam and displaced 3,358 tons. The
San Jose was just one of many United Fruit Company steamers that
sailed to South and Central America bringing bananas and other
commercially important fruits to the U.S.
On January 17, 1942the San Jose was en-route to New York when she
was rammed by the Santa Elisa. The collision did not immediately
sink either vessel but it did start a fire aboard the Santa Elisa.
The next day the Santa Elisa's fire was put out. The San Jose
however was damaged beyond repair. Some claim that after her
collision the San Jose was actually torpedoed. In either case the
vessel now sits on the sandy bottom off Southern New Jersey.
Today the San Jose sits in 110 feet of water off Absecon Inlet NJ.
Much of the wreck is intact.
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