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Dive Charter to the wreck of the Lillian

Dive Charter to the wreck of the Lillian

Product Code: NJW-101120
Manufacturer: DiveSeekers

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  • Date: October 11, 2020
  • Depth: 150'
  • Dive Boat: Gypsy Blood
  • Max Divers: 10
  • 2 Dives
  • Lunch Served: No
  • Departing from (Use for GPS) 1 Saint Louis Ave, Point Pleasant Beach NJ 08742
  • Departure Time: 6:00am sharp
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The Lillian was built in 1920 by the Bethlehem Ship Building Company and was owned and operated byA.H. Bull Steam Ship Company. She had a 328 foot length and a 46 foot beam, displaced 3,482 tons and was powered by 292 nhp triple expansion engines.

On February 26, 1939,while hauling a cargo of sugar into New York, the Lillian ran into a heavy fogbank. At 6:53 PM, still enveloped in fog, Captain Frank Buyer saw another ship, the Wiegand, steaming directly toward him. Although both ships tried evasive maneuvers, it was too late. The Lillian rammed the Lloyd Line freighter on her starboard bow, giving her a twelve foot gash. This hole was above the water line and caused no immediate danger to the Wiegand. The Lillian, however, suffered greatly and almost immediately started to sink. Before abandoning ship, William Helmbold, the radio operator, locked his key to send a continuous SOS signal. This action not only helped the Coast Guard home in on the sinking vessel and rescue her 17 crew members but caused havoc on the radio waves for nearly eight hours. It seemed the Lillian was not ready to quickly settle into her watery grave. The vessel remained afloat with her radio automatically sending SOS signals. The Coast Guard finally had to shoot down her aerial to clear the radio waves. Ironically, after staying afloat for 18 hours after her collision , the Lillian finally sank when the salvage ship, Relief, had just come within sight.

The Lillian rests in150 feet of water, 38 miles out of Debs Inlet. According to John Lachenmayer, this wreck is laid out similar to the Iberia only deeper. Her hull supports a wide array of life, including cod, ling and lobsters, while being in deep enough water to bring in sharks and, on occasion, giant tuna.

For further information about a dive charter to the Lillian contact us (908) 359-1250.

Photo 1:
Lillian Wreck. Courtesy Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.
Photo 2:
Capt. John Lachenmayer with porthole from the Lillian Wreck. Courtesy Dan Berg Wreck Valley Collection.

DiveSeekers is limited to a specific amount divers per charter. Charters do fill up quickly, first come first serve policy. Reservations require full payment for your charter.

If booking more than one month prior to trip your credit card will be charged at the time of booking.

If booking within 30 days you card will not be charged till the day of the trip.

Once you reserve a space you are responsible for the full price of the charter, unless the space can be filled.

* Divers must be Advanced Open Water Certified & must carry a redundant air source.

* Cold water experience required

* Solo Diving is permitted for Recreational Diving only if you hold the proper certification.

Special Note To Divers - Times listed are actual departure times. Hint Hint, to reduce unnecessary stress and anxiety before diving, arrive a half-hour to forty-five minutes prior to departure. If not, the boat will leave without you! Enjoy your dives!!!!