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Cape May Point, New Jersey: Wreck of a 200-Year-Old British Warship (Gone)

Exposed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, now its weed-overgrown ribs are on display under an awning.

Drive south to Cape May, then turn right onto Bank St./Jackson St. Jackson St. turns into Perry St., which turns into Sunset Blvd. Take Sunset Blvd. one mile, then turn left onto Seagrove Ave., then taken the first left onto Lighthouse Ave. The Shipwresk will be straight ahead, at the corner of Lighthouse and Coral Aves.
March 2010 - reported gone.

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British War Ship - Gone

The ship that was there is now gone. The weather got to it. As it turns out, according to the New Jersey local tourism center, the ship never was that of the "Martin" as was first thought. The real "Martin" is on display in Europe.

[Kevin, 03/05/2010]


HMS Martin Shipwreck

The shipwreck at Cape May Point is not a viking ship but the HMS Martin that fought in the War of 1812. It was found after a coastal storm unearthed its remains. It is housed under a wooden canopy and there is a stone monument that tells the ship's tale. It reads.....

The British sloop of war HMS Martin which blockaded Delaware Bay in the War of 1812, was attacked, driven to the shoals, grounded and burned in 1813. Exposed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954 on Lighthouse Avenue in Cape May Point, she was salvaged, mounted, and placed on public display.

[Michael Vlkovic, 10/05/2001]
Viking long boat?

There is a Viking long boat. It is said to have been discovered off Cape May in the Atlantic Ocean. It is outdoors, covered by a lean-to type roof.

[L.N. Minadeo, 10/02/1998]

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