The Isabel B. Wiley Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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ISABEL B. WILEY
The Isabel B. Wiley was a wooden schooner. She was 160 feet long and
displaced 779 tons. She was en-route from Newport News with a crew
of seven. On June 2, 1918 a German U-Boat was spotted behind the
Wiley. The Germans fired one shot with their deck gun. Having no
chance to outrun the submarine the Willey's Captain ordered his crew
to take to the life boats. Once he and his crew were safe the
Germans boarded the Wiley and set bombs that quickly sent her to the
bottom. The Wiley's crew was taken aboard the U-Boat where they
joined the crews of the Hauppauge, Edna and Hattie Dunn and spent
the next 8 days. The Americans were finally set adrift in lifeboat
from the sunken vessel Winneconne. They were given sufficient bread
and water to last for three days.
The Isabel B. Wiley now sits in 225 feet of water 58 miles from
Barnegat Inlet NJ.
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