The Lizzie H Brayton Shipwreck
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LIZZIE H. BRAYTON
DIRECTIONS: (Point Pleasant, Monmouth County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Rt 34. After driving
thought the second traffic circle Rt34 will change into Rt 35.
Continue over the bridge into Point Pleasant. Make a left hand "U"
turn immediately after bridge, then a quick right onto Broadway.
Take Broadway to the end and turn right onto Ocean Ave. Stay on
Ocean for approximately three miles. The wreck is directly in front
of the Driftwood Motel, which will be on the left side.
The Lizzie H. Brayton was a 201 foot, 979 ton, four masted schooner.
She was built in 1891 at Bath, Maine. At 2:00 AM on December 18,
1904, the Brayton while en-route from Lamberts Point, Virginia to
New Haven, Connecticut, with a cargo of coal struck a sand bar
during a fierce snow storm. With the assistance of the surfmen at
the Bay Head Lifesaving Station, the crew of nine was successfully
rescued in breeches buoys. A few days after the Lizzie H. Brayton
came ashore a storm blew up and swamped the stranded vessel.
The wreck lies in ten to 15 feet of water 160 yards off Point
Pleasant, and can be located by swimming directly east from the
Driftwood Motel. The wreck lies north to south. Diver, Bill Schmoldt,
reports that this wreck is easy to locate due to her high profile
and that divers will still be able to see a disturbance in the waves
directly over the wreck at low tide.
This wreck was relocated and identified by divers Carlos Narciso,
Tom Nolan and Howard Rothweiler in March of 1990. Howard reports
that "When we first discovered the wreck, it arose from the sand
only about five feet at its' highest point. When I returned in
December of 1991,much more of the vessel was showing. Near the bow
section, the side of the ship sticks up at least seven feet. The
inside is filled with about two feet of sand. About half way back
toward the stern the wreck begins to break up and disappear into the
sand, only to reappear 20 feet further back." Howard also reports
that divers will find coal scattered around the site.
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