New Jersey Off-Shore Wreckage Declared Pre-Civil War Ship

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The name and history of a sunken ship found off of the New Jersey coastline decades ago has finally been identified as the pre-Civil War ship, the Robert J. Walker.

The name and history of a sunken ship found off of the New Jersey coastline decades ago has finally been identified as the pre-Civil War ship, the Robert J. Walker.

A steamer, the Robert J. Walker was one of the survey crafts sent in 1860 to map the coastlines of the United States’ newly acquired and inadequately explored territories.

Interest in completing the geographical documentation of southern states was becoming a greater priority at the time as the threat of war continued to intensify.

The Robert J. Walker was on its way back to New York from mapping the Gulf of Mexico when it sunk only miles from its return destination.

Positive identification was made recently by an NOAA diving team while they were in the area on a separate mission to survey for possible damage done by Hurricane Sandy.

Following the confirmation, the director of the NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey said,
“Now, we can truly honor the 20 members of the crew and their final resting place. It will mark a profound sacrifice by the men who served during a remarkable time in our history.”

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