The Sea Cliff Beach Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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SEA CLIFF BEACH & WATCH WRECK
DIRECTIONS: (Sea Cliff, Nassau County)
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 39, Glen Cove Road North,
which will change into Cedar Swamp Road. Proceed north until the
end and make a left turn onto Glen Cove Avenue. Make a right turn on
Shore Drive, which will take you along the water's edge. About a
half mile down, directly across from Sea Cliff Beach, there is a
small dirt parking lot. During the fall and winter months, divers
can park here and walk through the beach gate to a small jetty.
This is where we begin our dives. During the summer months when the
beach is open, parking can be found back at Sea Cliff Park, but this
will require a decent swim. As with the Rye Cliff Wreck site, Shore
Road becomes a one-way street during the beach season, so a small
detour will have to be taken.
To locate the Watch Wreck, start at the tip of the jetty and swim a
compass course due north. If you swim over a large rock bed, you
have gone a little too far. The wreck lies mostly inshore but is
partially mixed in with this rock bed.
The Watch Wreck received its name after Steve Jonassen, a local
diver, lost and then recovered his brand new diver's watch. I feel
that this unidentified wreck is that of an old work boat. Most of
the wreck, which I've approximated to be at least 60 feet long is
buried. However, wood beams, ribs and a four foot diameter steel
propeller can still be viewed. The propeller is hard to recognize
with one blade broken, and one buried, but it's located on the
This wreck is a good place to settle down and
dig. Artifacts that I
have recovered include a brass water pump, a head pump, copper nails
a small brass porthole and some bottles. All date back to the early
After exploring the wreck, I usually swim west along the rock bed
located just offshore of the wreck, which runs parallel to
shore. Two other wrecks, small cabin type crafts, can be found off
this rock bed.
The whole area is good for finding old bottles and other artifacts.
Although this site is not known for finding too many lobsters, I've
seen at least two four-ponders caught, which isn't bad for diving
off the beach. Photo above is of a small Brass dragon I found
while metal detecting around the Sea Cliff wreck. Im not sure if its
from the wreck or not but it still makes a neat little artifact.
Sea Cliff Beach Wreck Area. Photo Long Island Shore Diver Collection.
Sea Cliff Beach Wreck Area sketch. Long Island Shore Diver Collection.
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