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Ship Wrecks off the New Jersey Coast

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Presented by: Jersey Shore Group
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Location: Warner Student Life Center, Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Middletown
Directions: To get to Brookdale's Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6.
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Dan Lieb, President of the NJ Historical Divers' Association, will discuss his organization's explorations of ship wrecks off the New Jersey coast, including two 1850s railroad steam locomotives sitting on the ocean floor just off Long Branch.

The Divers' Association and its shipwreck exhibits are at the Info Age Science Museum on the former Marconi/Army site in Wall Township. The Divers' Association follows accepted archeological standards and practices to map and photograph ship wrecks primarily off the Jersey coast. There are about 5,000 known shipwrecks off the Jersey coastline, but only about 500 have been documented. In 1992, a group of scuba divers met informally to discuss the possibility of investigating of New Jersey's shipwrecks and began lecturing and exhibiting their shipwreck artifacts in 1994. The Divers' Association was formalized in 1995 to preserve New Jersey's shipwreck and maritime history; to research and record the many unknown, lost and misnamed shipwrecks, as well as other potentially historically significant sites; and to document their findings and present them to the public. Lieb also is the director of the Sunken Locomotives Project for the New Jersey Museum of Transportation, a nonprofit educational organization that took legal possession of the two engines - through a federal proceeding - about nine years ago.