NJ Wreck Diving

Some information about some of our most popular and frequent destinations.

 
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Mohawk

Type: Clyde-Mallory Lines (sailing under Ward Lines)

Name: A tribe of Iroquoian Indians of the eastern New York area. Three identical sisters were named Cherokee, Seminole, and Algonquin

Built: 1926, Newport News VA USA (Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.)

Specs: (387 x 54 ft) 5897 gross tons, 163 passengers & crew

Sunk: Thursday January 25, 1935 collision with Norwegian freighter Talisman - 45 casualties

Depth: 80 ft max

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Tolten

Type: shipwreck, freighter, Chile ( originally Denmark )

Name: Tolten is a city on the central coast of Chile.

Built: 1938, Denmark, as Lotta

Specs: (280 x 43 ft) 1858 gross tons, 28 crew

Sunk: Friday March 13, 1942 torpedoed by U-404 - 27 casualties

Depth: 95 ft

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Stolt Dagali

Type: tanker, Norway

Name: Stolt is the name of the line that owned the ship; it translates "proud". Dagali is a mountain valley in Norway.

Built: 1955, Denmark, as Dagali

Specs: (582 x 70 ft) 12723 gross tons, 43 crew

Sunk: Thursday November 26, 1964 (Thanksgiving day) collision with liner Shalom ( 25,338 tons ) - 19 casualties

Depth: 130 ft, starts at 60 ft

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Arundo

Type: Freighter, Netherlands

Built: 1930, New Castle England, as Petersfield

Specs: (412 x 55 ft) 5163 gross tons, 43 crew

Sunk: Tuesday April 28, 1942 torpedoed by U-136 - 6 casualties

Depth: 140 ft max; 110 ft min; 125 ft typical

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Maurice Tracy

Type: Collier, USA

Built: 1916, Ashtabula OH USA, as Nordstrand, later Sekstant

Specs: (253 x 43 ft) 2468 gross tons

Sunk: Saturday June 17, 1944 collision with freighter Jesse Billingsley - no casualties

Depth: 70 ft

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R.P. Resor

Type: Tanker, USA

Name: Named for R P Resor, Treasurer of Standard Oil.

Built: 1936, Kearny NJ USA

Specs: (435 x 66 ft) 7451 gross tons, 49 crew

Sunk: Friday February 28, 1942 torpedoed by U-578 - 2 survivors

Depth: 125 ft

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Pinta

Type: Freighter, Netherlands

Name: The Pinta was one of three sister ships named for Columbus' original three vessels, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Built: 1959, Denmark

Specs: (194 x 31 ft) 1000 gross tons, 12 crew

Sunk: Wednesday May 8, 1963 collision with freighter City of Perth ( 7547 tons) - no casualties

Depth: 85 ft, starts at 55 ft

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USS Algol

Type: Andromeda class attack transport ( freighter ), U.S. Navy, also known as a "Victory Ship", although often incorrectly referred to as a Liberty Ship

Name: One of a series of Navy transports named for stars; Algol is a star in the constellation Perseus, also known as the Demon star.

Built: 1943; Oakland CA USA, as James Barnes

Specs: (459 x 63 ft) 13910 displacement tons, 429 crew

Sunk: Thursday November 22, 1991

Depth: 145 ft +, starts at 70 ft, main deck at 110 ft

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Great Isaac

Type: Tugboat, U.S. War Shipping Administration (Navy)

Name: All the ships of this class were named for lighthouses in the U.S., except for the Great Isaac, which is in the Bahamas.

Built: 1944, Boston MA USA

Specs: (185 x 37 ft) 1117 gross tons, 27 crew

Sunk: Wednesday April 16, 1947 collision with Norwegian freighter Bandeirante - no casualties

Depth: 90 ft

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San Saba

Type: Freighter, USA

Name: San Saba is a river in central Texas, a tributary of the Colorado River of Texas.

Built: 1879, Chester PA USA, as Colorado

Specs: (306 x 39 ft) 2458 gross tons, 37 crew

Sunk: Friday October 4, 1918 struck mine laid by U-117 - 30 casualties

Depth: 80 ft

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Coney Island

Type: Tanker, sludge

Built: 1938, Staten Island NY USA

Specs: (250 x 40 ft)

Sponsor: Crystal Oil Corporation, Marine Trades Assn. of NJ, Fisherman Magazine

Sunk: Thursday September 10, 1987

Depth: 125 ft, starts at 80 ft

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Sam Berman

Type: Tanker

Built: 1947, Brooklyn NY USA as Philip Lemler

Specs: (160 x 30 ft) 478 tons

Sunk: Thursday September 10, 1987

Depth: 125 ft

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Oregon

Type: Liner, Cunard Line, England

Built: 1881, Scotland

Specs: (518 x 54 ft) 7500 gross tons, 845 passengers & crew

Sunk: Monday March 14, 1886 collision, probably with schooner Charles R Morse - no casualties

Depth: 125 ft, highest point 85 ft

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USS San Diego

Type: Armored cruiser, U.S. Navy

Built: 1904, San Francisco USA, as U.S.S. California

Specs: (503 x 70 ft) 13680 displacement tons

Sunk: Friday July 19, 1918 explosion, probably struck a mine laid by U-156 officially 6 casualties, probably 30-40 in reality

Depth: 110 ft, starts at 65 ft

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Gulf Trade

Type: Tanker, USA ( Gulf Oil )

Name: One of a series of ships owned by Gulf Oil company, all named "Gulf ____"

Built: 1920, Chester PA USA

Specs: (430 x 59 ft) 6776 gross tons, 34 crew

Sunk: Tuesday March 10, 1942 torpedoed by U-588 - 18 casualties

Depth: bow - 60 ft ; stern - 90 ft

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Lillian

Type: Freighter, USA

Built: 1920, Wilmington DE USA, as Maddequet

Specs: (327 x 46 ft) 3482 gross tons, 32 crew

Sunk: Sunday February 26, 1939 collision with freighter Wiegand ( 6568 tons) - no casualties

Depth: 150 ft

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Ayuroaca (Oil Wreck)

Type: Freighter, Brazil

Built: 1930, Germany, as Roland

Specs: (468 x 58 ft) 6872 gross tons, 67 crew

Sunk: Wednesday June 10, 1945 ( well after cessation of hostilities )
collision with freighter General Fleischer - 1 casualty

Depth: 170 ft, starts at 110 ft

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Vizcaya

Type: Steamer, Spain

Name: Vizcaya is a Basque province in northern Spain. The Basques are a fiercely independent seafaring people of unknown origin.

Built: 1872, England, as Santander

Specs: (287 x 38 ft) 2458 gross tons, 103 passengers & crew

Sunk: Saturday October 30, 1890 collision with schooner Cornelius Hargraves - 60 casualties

Depth: 80 ft

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Dykes

Type: Schooner barge, USA
( The small smokestack in the pictures is for an electrical generator. )

Built: 1919, Baltimore MD USA

Specs: ( 306 x 35 ft ) 2072 tons, 14 crew

Sponsor: Modern Transportation Co.

Sunk: July 1983

Depth: 65 ft

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Venturo Tug

Type: Tugboat, U.S. Navy

Built: 1943, Neponset, MA as DPC-14, later Matt Turecamo

Specs: ( 86 ft ) 146 gross tons

Dedication: Captain Greg A Venturo

Sunk: Thursday October 17, 1996

Depth: 80 ft, main deck at 65 ft

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Cranford Ferry

Type: Ferry, Central Railroad of New Jersey, USA
( sometimes incorrectly identified as a barge )

Name: All CRRNJ ferries were named for New Jersey towns

Built: 1905, Wilmington DE USA

Specs: ( 191 x 44 ft ) 1197 tons

Sponsor: Ashley Development Corporation

Sunk: Tuesday March 30, 1982

Depth: 70 ft

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Texas Tower

Type:collapsed radar platform, USAF

Built: 1955, Portland ME USA

Specs: ( 67 ft above water) 6000 tons, 14 crew (minimum)

Sunk: Sunday January 15, 1961 storm/structural failure/design deficiency - no survivors

Depth: 180 ft, starts at 110 ft

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U-869 (U-Who)

Type: Type IXc/40 U-boat, Kriegsmarine, Germany

Specs: ( 252 x 22 ft ) 1051 displacement tons, 48-56 crew

Built: 1944, Germany

Sunk: February 11, 1945 sunk by destroyer escort USS Crow - no survivors

Depth: 240 ft

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City of Athens

Type: Liner, USA

Built: 1911, Camden NJ USA, as Somerset

Specs: ( 309 x 46 ft ) 3648 gross tons, 135 passengers & crew

Sunk: Wednesday May 1, 1918 collision with French Navy cruiser La Gloire - 67 casualties

Depth: 110 ft

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Varanger

Type: Tanker, Norway

Name: A peninsula in north-east Norway ( a cold place ) also, an old Scandinavian term for "Viking"

Built: 1925, Netherlands

Specs: ( 470 x 60 ft ) 9305 gross tons, 40 crew

Sunk: Sunday January 25, 1942 torpedoed by U-130 - no casualties

Depth: 140 ft

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Northern Pacific

Type: Liner, USA

Built: 1915, Philadelphia PA USA

Specs: ( 509 x 63 ft ) 8256 gross tons, 28 crew

Sunk: Wednesday February 8, 1922 burned - 4 casualties

Depth: 140 ft

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USS S-5

Type: Submarine, U.S. Navy

Built: 1920, Portsmouth Navy Yard, NH USA

Specs: ( 231 x 21 ft ) 876 displacement tons, 37 crew

Sunk: Wednesday September 1, 1920 flooded during test dive - no casualties

Depth: 165 ft