Discover New Jersey: Divers look to ID shipwreck off Jersey Shore

Posted: Updated:
EDISON -

A group of divers at the Belmar Marina headed out to sea Monday to identify an unknown wreck off the Jersey Shore.

Expedition Leader Matt Breslin, 17, says the expedition is to find out more about a boat nine miles off Sea Girt and about 80 feet underwater.

"Every wreck should have a story. I don't think anything should go untold," he says. "I love finding things that aren't really known."

The divers say they found the anchor from the shipwreck and took measurements from stem to stern. As of now, they believe the ship was a coal carrier that sank between 1884 and 1936.

"If we can figure out the size, we can start to narrow the field of candidates," says Shipwreck Researcher Dan Lieb.

Breslin says he’ll be searching newspaper accounts or insurance claims to the identity of this ship. He says it can take months.

The 17-year-old is finishing his senior year at Brick Memorial High School and plans to major in marine science in college with a long time goal of diving.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."