The Drumelizer Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba
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The Drumelzier, a British freight steamship, was built by Chadwick
and Sons back in 1895. Owned and operated by Astral Shipping Company
of Liverpool, the single funneled vessel was 340 feet long, had a
44.7 foot beam, was powered by 303 nhp triple expansion engines, and
displaced 3,625 tons.
On December 26, 1904,while steaming from New York to Sawansea, the
Drumelzier ran aground on Fire Island Bar. Attempts were made to tow
her off, but they all failed. On December28, while all but 15 crew
members were brought ashore by the tug, Catherine Moran, a violent
gale began. Later that day, with the wind still increasing, the
Drumelzier began to break up. The 15 remaining crew managed to get a
lifeboat launched and were pulled to shore by the lifesavers. By
daybreak, the Drumelzier and her cargo of copper, steel, oil, pig
lead, and one fancy automobile were sitting on the sandy bottom.
Today, the Drumelzier has worked its way inshore and is partly
visible from the beach at Robert Moses State Park. She now sits in
15 to 20 feet of water with her bow facing east. This wreck is also
known as, Quadrant Wreck and Fire Island Wreck.
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