The Chaparra Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba
divers and fisherman.
The steel hulled Cuban freighter Chaparra built in 1906. She was 249
feet long had a 38 foot beam and displaced 1,510 tons.
On October 27, 1918the Chaparra was en-route from Havanna to New
York with a cargo of sugar. Like the San Saba she hit a mine laid by
the U-117. The Chaparra went down fast. Twenty three of her crew
survived but the vessel did take six to a watery grave. The
survivors rowed for almost a day before reaching Barnegate Light.
Today the wreck, which is also known as the Offshore Barge, sits on
her port side, in 90 feet of water. According to diver Dave Keller
the wreck has a debris field running the length of the wreck and is
usually an excellent
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