The Western World Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and
images for scuba divers and fisherman.
DIRECTIONS: (Spring Lake, Monmouth County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. Take Rt 34 South to the
first traffic circle, then make a left onto Allaire Rd. Allaire will
change into Ludlow Ave. Stay on Ludlow to the end and turn right on
Ocean Ave. The wreck is located directly off the base of Jersey Ave.
Parking is available on Ocean Ave.
The British sailing ship Western World ran aground in a heavy fog on
October 22, 1853. At the time she was en route from Liverpool to
New York with 300 passengers. All of her passengers and crew were
rescued. The steam tug Achilles, was dispatched to the scene and
reported that the ship was lying with its bow to the north,
broadside across the beach. Attempts to save the vessel were in
vain. On October 26th, the Western World broke apart and slipped
beneath the waves. The wreck of the Western World is also known as
the Spring Lake Wreck.
The first two divers to explore the Western World were Charlie
Strattion and Howard Rowland back in the 1960's. These early divers
found the wreck covered with china and artifacts. The wreck's
identity was discovered when diver Ed Maliszewskire covered her
bronze capstan cover back in 1962. On the cover the ship's name
Western World was embossed. Back in the 1960's divers recovered
everything from powder flasks, spurs, hinges, drawer handles, files,
latches, china and silver trays from the site. Some china recovered
from the wreck was manufactured by Felspar, in Burslem, England.
Diver Dan Lieb reports that the wreck now consists of two congealed
lumps. Her hull is intact to her boiler on a sand over clay bottom.
The wreck sits 100 yards off the beach in 30 feet of water. The
wreck is covered with pieces of china embedded into the rock hard
In order to dive the Western World you must obtain written
permission from the Spring Lake Chief of Police.
Western World. New Jersey Beach Diver Collection
Sketch of the Western World. New Jersey Beach Diver Collection
Artifacts from the Western World. New Jersey Beach Diver Collection
Dish from the Western World. New Jersey Beach Diver Collection
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