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New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic

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New Jersey Shipwrecks takes us on a gripping voyage through the Graveyard of the Atlantic, a name bestowed upon the state’s treacherous shoals and inlets. Before this coastline became a summer playground of second homes and resort beaches, it was a wild frontier of uninhabited and shifting sandbars. From the days of sail to steam and oil, ships (and submarines) have been drawn to this coast. And, for thousands of vessels, it became their final resting-place.


From the early wrecks of the 18th century to the present day, the life-and-death drama of maritime disasters is captured in Shipwrecks, along with the history of the U. S. Lifesaving Service (later to become the Coast Guard), lighthouses, legends, and true accounts of heroism. 142 historic photographs and illustrations are displayed in this large-format, coffee-table book, which includes a listing of hundreds of other wrecks along the New Jersey Shore.


Winner of the Foundation for Coast Guard History’s 2005 award for ”a brilliantly researched chronicle of shipwrecks along the New Jersey Shore from 1642 to the present day.”

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