The Moriches Schooner Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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This unidentified wooden schooner lies in 135 feet of water off
Moriches Inlet. The wreck has an intact bow stem which stands up six
to seven feet. According to Jim Fazzalorie her stern is recognizable
and the wreck is loaded with marine life and giant cod fish. Divers
have already located the compass bezel which unfortunately gave no
clues to the wrecks actual identity.
I received this e-mail
and photograph from diver Steve Roth.
"I was looking at the
description of the Moriches schooner on your website & I was the
diver who brought up the compass gimbal and bezel in 1987. I was
on Steve Achtner's boat and Jim Fazz was also there as well. The
inscription on the compass reads:
E.S. Ritchie, Boston
Patented Sept 9,
responded to an inquiry and they sent me a copy of their old
record book showing that the compass was sold through Riggs &
Brothers in 1874. They were a ship's chandlery in Philadelphia and
went out of business around 1960."
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