The Summerville Basin Tug Shipwreck
New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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SUMMERVILLE BASIN TUG
DIRECTIONS: (Far Rockaway, Queens County)
Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 19 South which is Peninsula
Boulevard. Drive south on Peninsula to Rockaway Turnpike and turn
left. Turn right on Burnside Avenue and take Burnside to Beach
Channel Drive and just continue to head west. Turn right on 63rd
Street. Head north to Elizabeth and turn right. Drive to the end and
park. The wreck is at the base of Summerville Basin and is only
partially submerged. As a side note, I would like to forewarn anyone
who visits this area that the neighborhood is, to say the least, not
the best. One of our biggest concerns when diving here was whether
or not our car would be stolen while we were underwater.
This old abandoned tug boat sitting up on the west side of
Summerville Basin was spotted one day while we were diving the Beach
59th Street Wreck. I decided to snorkel over and take a closer look.
At first the tug boat looked completely stripped, but once I slipped
beneath the surface, I found two intact brass portholes just below
the water line. The next day my brother Dennis and I returned. After
about two hours of work with a sledge hammer, chisel, crow bar and
punch the portholes were free. Anyone who has ever retrieved a
porthole knows that they are mounted from the interior.
driven the rivets in from outside the wreck. The portholes were free
but I still had to go inside to retrieve them. Because the tug's bow
is up on the bank and her stern is down in the mud and the vessel
has a port list, penetration is a little tricky. Once inside silt
quickly reduced visibility to zero and after finding the loose
porthole I located the exit by feeling my way along a wall for the
open door space. After two such trips into the wreck, one for each
porthole we departed. I have never been back partially because I saw
no other artifacts worth the effort but mainly because I have no
desire to penetrate this wreck again.
Aerial photo of the Summerville Basin Tug Boat wreck. Photo by Dan Berg. Long Island Shore Diver Collection.
Dan and Dennis Berg with portholes from the Summerville Basin Tug Wreck. Photo by Bill Campbell/ Long Island Shore Diver Collection.
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