Mystery surrounds sunken ships in Hoboken cove

Henry Kaden is interested in a minor mystery in the waters between Hoboken and Weehawken.

Mystery surrounds sunken ships in Hoboken cove.

Mystery surrounds sunken ships in Hoboken cove. (3/25/15)

HOBOKEN - Henry Kaden is interested in a minor mystery in the waters between Hoboken and Weehawken.

"There's something going on, it's too much of a coincidence that you have seven ships sunk," says Kaden. The boats, either sunk, abandoned, or wrecked, are not from Sandy.

The sunken boats sit in front of a hotel and hundreds of apartments, with dozens of ships passing by and millions of people looking. 

"I'm a retired police officer and trained in crime analysis," says Kaden. "We always said that if you have three incidents, that's a pattern."

Kaden has snapped photos of the shipwreck pattern for years, and grew more suspicious when he watched sailors abandon ships. 

"The first one went up against the rocks, and I saw a guy get off and just assumed it got stuck there and he left it there. He left with a bag and that was it," says Kaden.

Kaden has called authorities, but with little response. The state Department of Environmental Protection tells News 12 New Jersey the agency had no specific knowledge of the wrecks, and that a wreck wouldn't concern them unless it was polluting.

There are no docks or marinas, so the sunken boats just sit below the Hudson Tea building. Kaden hopes bringing attention to the wrecks will help answer questions.

"What would I call it? Strange, a mystery, an insurance scam, a graveyard of boats. Take your choice," says Kaden.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to the Coast Guard as well as Hoboken officials for comment, but did not hear back. Kaden says the cove is a popular spot for amateur boaters, and some boats are anchored there periodically.

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