The Manasquan Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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DIRECTIONS: (Manasquan, Monmouth County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98. Take Rt 34 South, you will
pass straight through two traffic circles. After the second circle
get on Rt 35 South. Turn left onto Union Ave, then right onto Fisk
Ave. Fisk will turn into Brielle Rd. Stay on Brielle Rd to the end
and turn right onto First Ave. The wreck is located just south of
The Manasquan Wreck sits in 30 feet of water and lies 300 yards
offshore and 1,000 feet north of Manasquan Inlet. She appears to be
the remains of an old English sailing ship. Her stern is facing
shore and its very easy to miss the wreck when trying to navigate to
her from the beach. The stern section is about 30 feet long. Dan
Lieb reports that loads of artifacts are found on this site.
This wreck is rumored to be the privateer Thistle, which was sunk in
1813. Due to the assortment of artifacts found here, she is also
nick-named the Rickel Wreck, after the chain of hardware stores.
Diver Frank Litter who explored this wreck back in the early 1960's
tolled me that divers also used to call it the Hardware Wreck or
Barrel Wreck. Frank went on to say that he had recovered some pewter
spoons from one of her cargo barrels labeled "T. Hill" which is a
British manufacturer. The spoons were made for only one year 1846 to
1847. The dates on Frank's spoons would seem to rule out the
possibilities of this wreck actually being the Thistle. I have heard
various rumors of a cannon located in the area of the wreck, which
may indicate upon investigation that the Thistle is located close
by. My friend Bill Schmoldt who also does not think that this wreck
is the Thistle says he knows of at least one diver who has found a
cannon ball near the wreck. Bill believes that the Manasquan Wreck
may be the remains of the Elizabeth or, the San Juan. Another diver
Dave Schwartzman, lifted one of the barrels from the wreck and found
it to contain hoe heads for farming. Other artifacts recovered
include knife handles, draw handles, disassembled flintlocks, silver
bells, brass pots, buttons, chains, wire, buckles and pewter. This
wreck is better to dive from a boat but many do choose to make the
swim from the beach.
Coin from the Manasquan Wreck. Photo courtesy New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.
Frank Liters artifacts from the Manasquan Wreck. Photo courtesy New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.
Sketch of the Manasquan Wreck. Photo courtesy New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.
Manasquan Wreck. Photo courtesy New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.
Artifacts from the Manasquan Wreck. Photo courtesy New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.
Rudder from the Manasquan Wreck. Photo courtesy New Jersey Beach Diver Collection.
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