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The Edmund Phinney Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.
 
EDMUND PHINNEY

DIRECTIONS:        (Sandy Hook, Monmouth County)
     Note: Although it may be possible to swim to this wreck from the beach it is highly recommended to only access this site by boat.

CONDITIONS:
The bark Edmund Phinney ran aground during a fierce 70 mile per hour gale on December 14, 1907.She had originally struck shore opposite the Sandy Hook Lifesaving Station about three quarters of a mile offshore. While lifesavers on the beach made one unsuccessful attempt at towing a life boat to the stricken vessel the Phinney drifted to within 400 yards of the beach. A shot line was fired over the wreck and her crew  secured it to the mizzen slower mast and then hauled out the hawser lines. All of the Phinney's crew were rescued and with no time wasted. In fact, according to the book BROKEN SPARS,  " Just as the master and the mate of the Edmund Phinney touched shore, the bark crumpled and fell into the sea"

According to diver Frank Litter, the Edmund Phinney is also called the Dead Eye Wreck. The wreck is inverted in approximately 25 feet of water about 300 yards off the beach at Sandy Hook. Divers have recovered dozens of dead eyes, brass spikes, blocks, bottles and the ship's anchor that weighed about a ton. The anchor was a wood stock type. This wreck covers over with sand frequently which makes locating the site a little tricky.
 

Frank Liter with a dead eye from the edmund Phinney Wreck. Photo Wreck Valley Collection.

Sketch of the Edmund Phinney Wreck Area. By Frank Liter

Sketch of the Edmund Phinney Wreck Area. By Frank Liter

Frank Liter's dead eye from the edmund Phinney Wreck. Photo Wreck Valley Collection.



 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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