While no precise figure exists, between 2,500 and 7,200 shipwrecks are believed to be located off the New Jersey shore. Two well-known wrecks are the Almirante, a banana boat that collided with a Navy tanker in dense fog, and the Carolina, which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in 1918.
Another well-known shipwreck is the Andrea Doria, a 700-foot posh passenger liner that sank in 1956. The ship sits 200 miles east of Asbury Park and about 250 feet below the water's surface. The ship was headed to New York when it collided with another vessel, resulting in over 50 lives lost. The wreck was among the most notorious of the 20th century.
In 1993, a New Jersey judge appointed John Moyer chief salvager of the Andrea Doria site. Moyer's team recovered a pair of 1,000-pound friezes from the wreck, the work of Italian ceramist Guido Gambone. The friezes were part of the ship's Winter Garden section, which was described by Life magazine as a "luxurious floating art gallery." The deep, turbulent waters around the shipwreck make for treacherous diving. As many as four divers have perished at the Andrea Doria site since 2000.
The New Jersey coast is home to thousands of shipwrecks. Over 1,000 diveable shipwrecks are estimated to be located off the South Jersey coast alone.