Shipwrecked

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Shipwrecked

painting by Colette Murphy

To keep treasure-hunters at bay, the officials in New York City are mum on the exact locations of our many, many shipwrecks. We do know some basics, though. Somewhere in the depths of Arthur Kill, Staten Island, there are 1600 bars of silver worth 26 million dollars, sunk with their barge back in 1903. Clearly visible in Coney Island Creek is a yellow submarine, the work of Jerry Bianco, who hoped to use it to venture out to the more famous wreck of the Andrea Doria before running aground himself. The 1904 sinking of the General Slocum saw NYC’s worst loss of life until September 11th, 2001. When the Princess Anne Steamship hit a sandbar off of the Rockaways, the crew refused to disembark without their luggage. In the 1990s, a ship called the Golden Venture, carrying Chinese migrants, met with tragedy in the Rockaways, too, and is the subject of a beautiful broadside with artwork by Francis Estrada and a poem by Wo Chan. It isn’t just ships that have wrecked in the waterways of New York. Collected here are also the tales of cars, trains, and planes sunken, submerged, and surfaced.