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General Slocum aka Maryland - Sea Isle NJ

General Slocum aka Maryland is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located at Ludlam beach, Sea Isle, NJ 08243. The maximum depth is 21-25ft/6-8m. The average visibility is 5-10ft/2-3m.

From; The coal barge Maryland sank in heavy weather with no casualties - an utterly forgettable occurrence, were it not for the hulk’s previous existence as the side-wheel excursion steamer General Slocum, and the disaster that befell her. On Wednesday June 15, 1904 the General Slocum caught fire in the East River, New York City.

The old wooden ship burned fiercely from stem to stern; the situation worsened by negligence and incompetence on the part of the owners, the captain, and the crew. In just minutes the General Slocum burned to the waterline. Over 1000 persons, mostly women and children, died in the flames or drowned in the swift currents of Hell Gate. Entire families perished, and a community of German immigrants was destroyed, leaving just grieving husbands and fathers, many of whom subsequently took their own lives.

The remains of the ship were salvaged and rebuilt as a barge, rechristened Maryland. The Maryland sank three more times before she was finally abandoned. The wreck was rediscovered with reasonable certainty beneath several feet of sand and muck by author Clive Cussler. I doubt it is worth diving

Built in 1891, Lost December 4 1911

( 235 x 37 ft ) 1284 gross tons, 4 crew

Two very different locations are given for this wreck, both are barges but which is the Maryland? RayC

Gene Peterson of Atlantic Divers, a dive shop in Egg Harbor Township, said he dived the Maryland (General Slocum) and gave us the loran coordinates of the site. It was located 5.4 miles from our target in about 50 feet of water off Townson’s Inlet.

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YouTube, story of fire and pictures (Clive Cussler’s site) Story

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