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The Ayuruoca Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York ands New jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.
 

AYURUOCA

The Ayuruoca, originally named Roland, was built in 1912 by the Akt Ges Wessner Bremen Co. in Germany. She was 468 feet in length had a 58 foot beam, and was powered by coal fired steam.

On June 6, 1945, the10,500 ton Brazilian freighter, bound for Rio de Janeiro, with lend-lease materials, collided with the Norwegian vessel, General S.S.Fleischer. Both ships had been sailing in a dense fog at the time of the collision. The Fleischer only suffered a gash that was above her water line, but the Ayuruoca was not so lucky. Before she sank, one crew member was lost, and 66 others were forced to abandon ship. Eye witnesses said that the vessel sunk within half an hour. All survivors were rescued from their life boats by the Navy Sub Chaser,SC-1057.

It is said that everyday since 1945, a few drops of oil float to the surface, hence her new name, Oil Wreck. The Oil Wreck now lies in an area known as the Mud Hole. She has broken into two pieces that sit between 160 to 170 feet of water, 15 miles off Ambrose Tower. On her decks still remain the cargo of trucks, jeeps, and other wartime vehicles she was carrying. Since this wreck is heavily fished, her upper decks are covered in monofilament lines and nets. This is what local divers call a two knife wreck. Visibility in the area, to say the least, is not known to be great. This wreck is only for experienced professional divers. Remember penetration into any shipwreck should only be done by those with proper training, experience and wreck diving equipment.


Mark Clark and Capt Dan Bartone with porthole from a trip on 10 June 2007 to the Oil Wreck.

Ayuruoca shipwreck covered in nets and fishing line. Photos courtesy Brandon http://downtoolong.com

Congratulations to the crew of the Tenacious on the recovery of the Oil Wreck's auxiliary helm. From left to right: Joe Mazraani, Luis Jimenez, Steve Gatto, Pat Rooney, Tom Packer, Harold Moyers, Paul McNair, Bart Malone and Mike Dudas.

Not in the group shot: John Butler, Rustin Cassway, Anthony Tedeschi, Mark Nix, Dave Kennedy, Paul Whittaker, Chris Tyls and Eric Takakjian.

 

Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Telegraph from the Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Gary Gentile with the compass from the Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Capt. John Lancenmayer with artifacts from the Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Helm from the Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Mike DeCamp, George Hoffman and friends with artifacts from the Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

Ayuruoca Shipwreck. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.


 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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