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The Yonkers (Tennyson) 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.

Originally built as a three masted sailing ship in 1864. The Yonkers was 187 feet long had a 38 foot beam and displaced 1,265 gross tons. She was originally built as the Ocean Signal. She was sold and renamed the Tennyson. In 1877 she was sold again this time being re-named Deutschland. In 1877 the Deutschland ran aground. The ship was damaged and at that time was converted into a barge and re-named once again Yonkers.

On January 26, 1898the Yonkers went down in rough seas. At the time she was carrying coal en-route from Newport News to Providence. She was being towed by the Walter A. Luckenbach and had parted her tow line. Four crew were lost in the accident. Surprisingly the tug that was towing her and the barge that was in tow behind her not only survived the rough weather but neither had even witnessed the Yonkers go down. According to the New York Times " Capt Willen of the Luckenbach reported that he had encountered heavy seas throughout Saturday night, and that at 6 o'clock on Sunday morning he observed that the tug was making better headway. Upon going astern he felt the tow line slack with nothing attached to it. he at once put about to ascertain the nature of the trouble, and his vessel narrowly escaped collision with the Halycon, which had been the rear barge." Capt Black of the steamer Holgarth which was close by reported seeing a vessels pilot house drifting in the heavy sea. He also claims to have spotted a man on top of the floating debris but before he could get a boat to the survivor he had been washed overboard.

The Yonkers, better know to fishermen as the Tennyson, now sits in 150 feet of water, 27.5 miles from Moriches Inlet NY. The wreck is broken down and low lying. In 1967 diver John Dudas recovered her bell which identified the wreck. The bell had the vessels 2nd name Tennyson embossed on it. According to diver Jim Fazolarie this wreck has a huge winch, two big fluted anchors and two piles of anchor chain. The wreck appears to be the remains of a wooden schooner. Divers can also find an occasional brass spike on the site. This is an excellent lobster dive.

Photo Courtesy Cindy Sea III Fishing Charters Pt Pleasant, NJ.






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