History Center Lecture: Hidden History of Maritime NJ
An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jersey—but these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Ancient arrowheads found on the shoreline of Sandy Hook reveal Native American settlement before the land was flooded by melting glaciers. In 1854, 240 passengers of the New Era clipper ship met their fate off Deal Beach. Nobody knows what happened to two hydrogen bombs the United States Air Force lost near Atlantic City in 1957. Lessons from such tragic wrecks and dangerous missteps urged the development of safer ships and the US Coast Guard.
Ship's Master, Captain, Adjunct Professor, Diver, and Author Stephen D. Nagiewicz uncovers curious tales of storms, heroism and oddities from New Jersey’s maritime past, as shared in his 2016 book, "Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey..
LOCATION: Tennis Building, 250 39th St.