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The Summerville Basin Tug Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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SUMMERVILLE BASIN TUG

DIRECTIONS:        (Far Rockaway, Queens County)
Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 19 South which is Peninsula Boulevard. Drive south on Peninsula to Rockaway Turnpike and turn left. Turn right on Burnside Avenue and take Burnside to Beach Channel Drive and just continue to head west. Turn right on 63rd Street. Head north to Elizabeth and turn right. Drive to the end and park. The wreck is at the base of Summerville Basin and is only partially submerged. As a side note, I would like to forewarn anyone who visits this area that the neighborhood is, to say the least, not the best. One of our biggest concerns when diving here was whether or not our car would be stolen while we were underwater.

CONDITIONS:
This old abandoned tug boat sitting up on the west side of Summerville Basin was spotted one day while we were diving the Beach 59th Street Wreck. I decided to snorkel over and take a closer look. At first the tug boat looked completely stripped, but once I slipped beneath the surface, I found two intact brass portholes just below the water line. The next day my brother Dennis and I returned. After about two hours of work with a sledge hammer, chisel, crow bar and punch the portholes were free. Anyone who has ever retrieved a porthole knows that they are mounted from the interior. We had driven the rivets in from outside the wreck. The portholes were free but I still had to go inside to retrieve them. Because the tug's bow is up on the bank and her stern is down in the mud and the vessel has a port list, penetration is a little tricky. Once inside silt quickly reduced visibility to zero and after finding the loose porthole I located the exit by feeling my way along a wall for the open door space. After two such trips into the wreck, one for each porthole we departed. I have never been back partially because I saw no other artifacts worth the effort but mainly because I have no desire to penetrate this wreck again.

 

Aerial photo of the Summerville Basin Tug Boat wreck. Photo by Dan Berg. Long Island Shore Diver Collection.

Dan and Dennis Berg with portholes from the Summerville Basin Tug Wreck. Photo by Bill Campbell/ Long Island Shore Diver Collection.

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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