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An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jerseybut these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Ancient arrowheads found on the shoreline of Sandy Hook reveal Native American settlement before the land was flooded by melting glaciers. In 1854, 240 passengers of the New Era clipper ship met their fate off Deal Beach. Nobody knows what happened to two hydrogen bombs the United States Air Force lost near Atlantic City in 1957. Lessons from such tragic wrecks and dangerous missteps urged the development of safer ships and the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz uncovers curious tales of storms, heroism and oddities from New Jersey's maritime past.
About the Author
Captain Stephen Nagiewicz is a former dive charter boat operator and acknowledged authority on shipwrecks and scuba diving. He is the former chairman of the board of trustees of the Shark Research Institute of Princeton and is co-expedition leader of the R.J. Walker Shipwreck Mapping Expedition off Atlantic City. He is a licensed USCG master and professional diver with over four thousand scuba dives. He currently teaches environmental and marine science in high school and college and lives in Brick, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Foreword Vincent J. Gapone 11
Introduction: Shipwreck Hunters 15
1 Scuba Diving: Experience Required! 25
2 Ancient Indians off Sandy Hook 33
3 Buried Beach Wrecks: John Minturn, Ayrshire and New Era 39
4 The Mullica River Shipwrecks and the Revolutionary War 75
5 Treasure and Shipwrecks 81
6 Robert J. Walker. Civil War Connections 91
7 Submarine: The Jersey Shore and the World Wars 103
8 Collision at Sea: SS Mohawk 115
9 Fire! The Mono Castle 121
10 The New Shipwrecks: Artificial Reefs 131
11 Underwater Subway: Steam Trains and Redbirds…All Aboard! 137
12 Shark! First Recorded Attack in History 145
13 Super Storms and Changing Coastlines 151
14 Final Notes 159
About the Author 175