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Shipwrecks of New Jersey

  • Arundo: Sank by the U-136 the Arundo went down with six of her crew. She was carrying supplies for the troops in North Africa, among them, over 5000 cases of beer, in 1 quart glass bottles. She also carried two large steam locomotives. This wreck was destroyed as unsalvageable, but large parts of her are still intact. Due to her depth, the Arundo does not get dived as much as other wrecks of her size but she remains one of New Jersey's better wreck dives. Debris and hull sections are spread out everywhere, and the glass beer bottles are found regularly. The locomotives can be found in the sand about 100-150 feet from the propeller on the wrecks, starboard side. Depth: 140ft, although parts of the wreck rise up 40 feet off the sand, and large sections of the wreck can be dived at 100 to 110ft. Visibility is usually 20-30ft. This wreck is in the Mud Hole and often fished

  • Brunette: Before she was indentified, she was often called the "Doorknob Wreck", because of all the marble doorknobs found at this site. The Brunette was a small iron-hulled steam freighter. She had a single screw which is still visible along with it's shaft. She was built in 1867 in Wilmington DE and was about 270 tons. She seemed to carrying many items typically found in variety stores or hardware shops of the period. Rulers, brass locks, pen knives, brass skeleton keys, glassware, spurs, pewter flatware, and gunpowder flasks are among the many relics that can be found. Most of the hull has been buried and flattened out or dragged away over the years. She sank on February1, 1870, about three miles from Manasquan Inlet, as the result of a collision with the Santiago de Cuba, a paddlewheel steamer nearly ten times her size. Depth: 75 feet. Beginner to intermediate dive. Average visibility: 10 to 20 feet.

  • Coney Island: The Coney Island was one of three ships sank on the Shark River Artificial Reef on September 10, 1987. The Coney Island was a sludge tanker - she carried raw sewage for dumping at a site 12 miles or so from Sandy Hook. Until dumping of sludge in the ocean was banned, this was not an uncommon practice in this area. The Coney Island is 250 feet long with 40 foot beam, and was built in 1938 in Marina Harbor, NY. Depth: 120ft, with relief as shallow as 85ft. She is fully intact and well covered by marine growth. Visibility: 20-40ft.

  • Delaware: The Delaware was a coastal steamship. Her route was New York to Havana. She carried general cargo and passengers, and was appoximately 1,600 tons and 250 feet long. On a trip out of New York she caught fire and burned to the waterline, and later sank while being towed by salvagers. The wooden remains of her hull are good for lobster hunting and looking for artifacts. The wreck lies one and half miles off Bayhead, about 3 miles from Manasquan Inlet. Some say she carried large payroll, which never been recovered, and therefore she is therefore listed as being a treasure ship. Depth: 75 feet. Beginner to intermediate dive. Average visibility: 10 to 20 feet.

  • Mohawk: The Mohawk was a passenger liner. She was 5900 Gross tons, 387 ft long and 54 ft beam, and 23' draft. O-bound from New York carrying 54 passengers, 109 crew and 1200 tons of general cargo bound for Havana, she collided with the M/V Talisman, a freighter. A steering malfunction is blamed. The Talisman survived, the Mohawk and 45 persons did not. This wreck is one of the most popular dive sites. She is barely recognizable as a ship, having been dragged and blown apart as a hazard to navigation. Depth: 75 feet. Beginner to intermediate dive. Average visibility: 20 to 40 feet.

  • Pinta: This small 500 ton freighter sank due to a collisiion with the SS City of Perth, a vessel 12 times her size. The Pinta sank rapidly but rescuers were on-scene so quickly that no one was lost, except the ship and her cargo of bulkhead lumber. The wreck is another of New Jersey's top dive sites. She is fully intact and resting on her port side. She is a great dive and since she is only 194 ft long, divers can easily swim her length at a depth of 60 feet, though the clay bottom is at 90 feet. Depth: 90 feet. Generally good visibility: 20-40 feet.

  • Stolt Dagli: The "Stolt" is one of the top 10 New Jersey wreck dives, if not the top one! This tanker was cut in two when she collided with the Israeli Passenger Liner Shalom . Many of the crew on the Stolt were sleeping at the time of the collision and died. Her bow section was later salvaged and even had a new stern and engine added on, and it was still sailing until only a few years ago. The 150 foot stern section sank, and this is what is dived. Resting on her starboard side with a 30 degree list the wreck is still fully intact. It is possible to swim into many parts of the wreck quite easily and safely. Care must be taken as the silt is stirred up quickly obscuring vision inside the wreck. Lots of pelagic fish, such as blues, cod, and tuna are found on the wreck. Depth: 130 ft to the sand. The wreck rises 60 feet off the bottom. Visibility: 30-50 feet.

  • Tolten: The Tolten was the last ship torpedoed during the war to be written about in the newspapers by name. She was hit by a torpedo from the U-404 and there was only one survivor. The War Department stopped the announcement of ship's names after the Tolten was sunk, claiming it too much information was being given away to the enemy. Still somewhat intact, it has been wire-dragged to a safe navigation depth. The stern is by far the most recognizable piece, and easy to penetrate. Looking carefully at her bow you can see one of her remaining anchors still in the hawse pipe. Depth 100 feet. Visibility: 30-40 ft.

  • G.A. Venturo: The G.A. Venturo is a 99 foot tugboat which was sunk as part of the Sea Girt Artificial Reef on October 17, 1997. The reef is named after charter boat Captain Gregg Venturo, who died in a local diving accident. This is a perfect dive spot for students. Fully intact and up-right on the bottom in 70 feet of water. The upper superstructure can be dived at only 40 feet. There are usually lots of small schooling fish. Armored personnel carriers rest on the reef close to the wreck, and on good vis days can be seen off her stern.
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