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DELAWARE

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New Jersey: Top 50 Dive Site


Top
50 Dive Site (NJ)






Lat/Long



Loran



Charts



Depth



Distance
from Shore



39-51.1 / 74-03.3
(B)


40.0603 / 74.0021

(D)
26928.4 / 43467.5
(A)


26928.4 / 43467.5

(D)


1108, 1216

NOAA


65-75


2


Websites



NJScuba.com

AquaExplorers.com

CaveDiver.net

TheWreckSite.com

NJWreckDivers.com

ScubaBoard.com


Charters



Sea Lion

“Most of the possessions of 70 passengers and a general cargo
valued at $150,000 went to the bottom with the Clyde Line steamer, at 4:30
am, July 9, 1898, 1.5 miles offshore, NE of Barnegat Inlet. Bound for Charleston,
SC from New York, the ship had burst into a blazing inferno the previous
night. Passengers and crew were forced to hastily abandon ship in boats
and jury-rig rafts. All on board were rescued.”

(B)

“The Delaware has a length of 250 feet and was powered by coil-fire
steam. This wooden hull, passenger freighter was built in 1880. She sank
in July 1898, when the ship caught fire. The Delaware was heading to Jacksonville
FL when the ship caught fire, said to be carrying ammunitions for Admiral
Sampson of the American Navy (at that time contracted out to the US Navy).
The company denies carrying ammunitions and none have been seen or recovered
from the wreck that lies in 70 feet of water.”


Atlantic
Divers

“… her broken down charred remains hold many interesting artifacts.
The Delaware was also rumored to be carrying $250,000 in gold buillon …”


Atlantic Wreck
Divers

“George Hoffman called the Delaware the Money Wreck. Because
the site was located so close to Manasquan Inlet, he could get there in
all but the worst weather conditions and thereby fulfill his charter obligation
- even on days when the Coast Guard flew small craft advisories. More than
a few divers have paid to barf over a wreck which should be dived only on
days when the sea is calm. …”

(A, p. 57-8)

New Jersey: Top 50 Dive Site

Notes:

  • (A)
    Gentile, Gary
    “Shipwrecks of New Jersey – North” 2000
  • (B)
    Lonsdale, Adrian
    and Kaplan, H. R. “A Guide to Sunken Ships in American Waters”
    1964
  • (D)
    [AquaExplorers
    Inc.] “Loran and GPS Shipwreck Location Coordinates” 2006

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Address Northeast of
Town Barnegat
County NJ
lat 40.060300000000000
Lng -74.002100000000000

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