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Forgotten Wreck: Swan (1731)

I’ve been doing a ton of research and writing on New Jersey shipwrecks the past few weeks. Expect lots of NJ-themed posts in the months to come! The earliest Garden State wreck I’ve been able to locate in newspaper archives is that of the “Briganteen Swan,” which “was run ashore by distress of Weather, near a Place called Squan” [near the Manasquan River]. Here is a transcription of the original article published in Philadelphia’s The American Weekly Mercury on March 2, 1731.

Philadelphia, March 2. We have advice from East-New-Jersey, that Capt. Downing in the Briganteen Swan, who sailed from this Port some time in November last for Madera, but last from Boston with a lading of Salt, was run ashore by distress of Weather, near a Place called Squan, but it’s hop-d they will save some of the Cargo, also the Rigging and Sails.

Unsurprisingly, I haven’t found out what became of the wreck. But I think it’s safe to assume local wreckers successfully stripped the vessel clean–for the benefit of the owners, of course.



Filed under Forgotten Wrecks, Notes from the Field