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The remnants of a 19th-century shipwreck found by crews working on storm protection upgrades in Brick, N.J. in October are being studied by maritime archeologists looking to identify the mysterious wreck. []


 a Maritime archaeologists, hired by the state to investigate a mystery unearthed last month during a beach construction project, have begun trying to identify whether the pile of wood and corroded metal stored in front of an oceanfront home are remnants of a 19th-century shipwreck.

With at least two weeks of work ahead of them, archeologists won’t have answers anytime soon.

Maritime archaeologists from Dewberry Inc. of Parsippany examine remnants of a possible 19th-century shipwreck in Brick. The debris was unearthed during construction of a steel wall on the beach in Brick and Mantoloking. (MaryAnn Spoto | NJ Advance Media for


“The only thing we know is that it’s the remains of a vessel that appear to date back to the 19th century,” said Kate Marcopul, supervising historic preservation specialist for the State Historic Preservation Office.

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It’s a bit brisk on the waterfront these days, but great light for photos. I photographed a couple of first timers and some regulars this week. Also, I caught the guys on the Vane tug Red Hook “Spotting Me”. The “Offshore Supply Vessel” Michael Lawrence and the James William ex Lisa Moran were among this week’s highlights.

He’s Spotting Me! Photo by John Skelson

Offshore Supply Vessel Michael Lawrence. Photo by John Skelson

USCGC Penobscot Bay. Photo by John Skelson

James William, formerly Lisa Moran. Photo by John Skelson

Hanjin Dallas. Photo by John Skelson

Gulf Coast. Photo by John Skelson

Foxy 3. Photo by John Skelson

Fells Point meets Hanjin Dallas. Photo by John Skelson

Hoegh Pusan. Photo by John Skelson

Maersk Danang. Photo by John Skelson

Red Hooks Meet. Photo by John Skelson

Ken’s Marine motor barge Saddleback. Photo by John Skelson

Keep Spotting…

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

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