Welcome to the NJ Maritime Museum’s Shipwreck Data Base. The museum has a filing system with over 4600 folders, each folder describing the misfortune of a ship in as much detail as could be gathered. From each folder, key pieces of information have been transcribed into a data sheet. This is a collection of facts about each incident boiled down to key words and phrases to make the information searchable. Longer narrative on an event can be obtained by going to the physical files at the museum.
To access the NJ Maritime Museum’s Shipwreck Data Base, please click on the link below.
This data base was built using Fusion Tables, an experimental tool developed by Google. Conducting a search is easy using the filter key. Perhaps you are looking for information on a US Naval destroyer. Click on Filter; scroll down and click on Vessel Type. Since there are many vessel types, you can scroll down to Destroyer or simply type Destroyer in the box. Once done, all the destroyers in our data base will be listed. To back up, simply click on the “X” beside the filter.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. We also welcome any new information, additions or corrections to the data we are presenting here. Please send any comments to
This data base focuses on maritime events that occurred in the waters along the New Jersey coast, primarily the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Delaware River. The information contained in this data base was collected from a vast number of sources including newspaper archives, ship’s logs, diaries, USLSS annual reports, shipwreck books, periodicals and many web sites on the internet. Where there was conflicting information, the most frequent or most logical choice was used.