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The Eatons Neck Oyster Barge Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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EATONS NECK OYSTER BARGE

DIRECTIONS:        (Eatons Neck, Suffolk County)
Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 51 North, Deer Park Avenue. Bear right at the fork on Deer Park Road East and take this to Jericho Turnpike and turn right. Then make the first left onto Elwood Road. Drive north on Elwood to Route 25, Forth Salonga Road. Make a left, then a quick right on Reservoir Avenue, and continue to drive north. Reservoir will change into Church Street, then into Ocean Avenue that you will follow to the end. Turn left on Eatons Neck Road; this will turn into Asharoken Avenue, then back into Eatons Neck Road. (Be careful: the speed limit on Eatons Neck Road is 30 mph, and it is strictly enforced.) Make a right turn on Tudor Drive, then a right onto Birmingham. Birmingham will take you into a town beach. Go to the far end of the parking lot and park. The wreck is located on the bay side about a quarter mile down the beach.
(Metal Detecting see below)

CONDITIONS:
The Oyster Barge rests on a sloping bottom where depth ranges from a mere five feet close to shore, to almost 40 feet at the wreck's deep end.  According to Glen Williams, a local Scuba Instructor, the barge is mostly intact with one wall collapsed. The bottom is composed of muddy silt which can, and usually does reduce visibility to zero when kicked up.  When I was first brought to this site, I dove with a group of divers.  The first two were the only ones to see the wreck while the rest of us literally had to feel our way around.

I would recommend only small groups dive here at one time, with all divers making a conscious effort not to stir up the bottom.  If kicking is kept to a minimum, and the wind and tide are right, I'm told diver scan see all sorts of crabs, small invertebrates, mussels, oysters, and even mantis shrimp.

Spear fishermen can even enjoy this site by lying down near the edge of the barge on the top deck.  Here they can enjoy better visibility by not kicking up the silt and can wait for passing black fish to swim within range.

A word of caution to all divers:  Since this wreck is heavily fished and holds a good amount of monofilament line, a sharp knife should always be carried.  Also, when visibility is zero, a diver could unknowingly swim inside the collapsed wall.  Just remember that caution is always the key to a safe and enjoyable dive.
 


Metal Detecting

Although this site is best know for the wreck the beach here is quite popular and as a result can be a productive site when looking for lost jewelry. Most of the beach slopes into deep water rather quickly so water hunting and diving with a metal detector is much more productive. I never seem to find many coins here but have found quite and assortment of gold rings.

 



 

Sketch of Eatons Neck Oyster Barge Area. Dan Berg Long Island Shore Diver Collection

Sketch of Eatons Neck Oyster Barge Area. by Glen williams courtesy Dan Berg Long Island Shore Diver Collection

Aerial photo of Eatons Neck. Photo by Dan Berg

Capt. Dan Berg on the Oyster Barge. Photo by Joe Koppelman.

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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