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Lake Frampton, Gloria or Kennebec? - Atlantic City NJ


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From; americandivingsupply.com/Articles.asp?ID=271
For years, divers visited a steel wreck some 10 miles off Atlantic City known locally as the Gloria, or Glory Wreck. Noted marine historian Gary Gentile has done extensive research and has now believes that the wreck known as the Gloria is actually the Lake Frampton. Descriptions of both wrecks are included here until positive identification is confirmed.

Built in 1901, the Gloria was 243 ft long and displaced 2,183 tons. On June 18, 1921 sailing from New York to Houston with a cargo of iron, the Gloria sank. Apparently she started to take on water and her pumps could not keep up. All of the crew got off safely in a life raft and rowed for over a day before reaching Barnegat’s shore.

Built in 1918, the Lake Frampton was 251’ long and had a beam of 43’. She was sunk on July 12, 1920 after colliding with the passenger-freighter Comus.

To add to the confusion, the wreck is also often called the Kennebec. Today she can be found in 70 ft of water and offers a great site to dive. Her remains are scattered and low lying due to being demolished as a hazard to navigation.

In the 70’s Atlantis Divers which met on Street Road but was tied to DiveMasters dive shop in Morrisville Pa. chartered Capt. Glover’s boat out of Beach Haven dove this a lot for bugs and spearfishing. My log notes that the viz was always to bad for photos :( RayC/LatitudeAdjustment

Comments

JMH115 - 7/19/2016 1:56 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/17/2016. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Great viz today. Lots of fish. Plenty of structure to swim around. Best dive of the season.
JMH115 - 7/19/2016 1:54 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/17/2016. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Great dive. No current. Lots of structure. Loads of flounder, seabass and tog.

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