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Shipwreck Museum Exhibits
The purpose of this page is to educate and advise on the rescue and preservation of artifacts and to share these recoveries with fellow wreck divers, historians and collectors. These recoveries reflect years of research, preservation and hundreds of dives. Enjoy these exciting and beautiful preservations of history.

Currently, We have displays of recoveries at three museums in South Jersey which depict and promote wreck diving history.  
Each is unique and offers reflection on the Atlantic coasts fantastic wreck diving culture. 

Currently on display in the Museum Of Cape May County, N.J.
 Currently on display at the Bayshore Center.
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Previously on display in Atlantic City Aquarium  1995
Bridge Telegraph from Varanger
Helm from Silas Papoose

Taking apart and restoring telegraph

25 feet of brass chain

helm being restored

1979 Philadelphia Bulletin

Maritime Museum of New Jersey Maritime Museum Information
New Jersey Maritime Museum Exhibit of United Fruit Ships lost off Atlantic City.

Display of New Jersey Maritime Museum Exhibit  2012
The S.S.Almirante, S.S. San Jose and the S.S. Miraflores

Currently on display at New Jersey Maritime Museum Exhibit in L.B.I. New Jersey
Top row are deck prisms. Row two is locks, clay pipes and spikes. 
Bottom row are deadeyes, rigging and blocks recovered from New Jersey shipwrecks.

Past Museum displays include Trenton State Museum, Ocean City Museum, Atlantic City Aquarium, Tuckerton Museum and Philadelphia Franklin Institute, 

Atlantic Diver's first museum display Trenton State Museum 1979


What Lies Beneath Story
Identification of Shipwreck Artifacts
This is a shipwreck identification pictorial and description of unique shipwreck discoveries.  Many times an unusual artifact is recovered with no determination of it's purpose or use.  This section may help.   Some typical finds have been left out such as portholes, dead eyes, bottles etc... and other sections will be devoted to their identification and type.
If you have something unusual to share please email Atlantic Divers with a picture.

Compasses, stands and binnacles

brass work light with wooden handle

compensation ball and bracket for compass

brass binnacle from Varanger

compass in box

small compass with dome glass

boxed compass

gyro compass repeater stand

compass in mahogany binnacle stand

with cover and lantern complete

deviation box with magnets

compass azimuth

Small oddities 
lead sealed pickle lid - cargo
condenser relief

cherub taft rail log indicator- navigation instrument

copper spikes and nails with copper sheathing- ship hardware

Homestead sewing machine threader- cargo

faucet- fuel tape measure- silver serving spoon in clump of coal
perfume lid- San Saba

carbon rods, jelly jars, coffee mug, shot gun shells,  22 bullets- San Saba

spoons San Saba

bone toothbrush

pipe with brass cover
doll heads

Black Bertha doll head - cargo


grinding wheels

brass double pulley

brass hand made bilge or draft marks
thermometer for boiler relief

manual bilge pump

wooden binnacle base

fuel tape measure

fuel instruction plaque (vice versa) and directions explaining how to discharge oil overboard.
This helps with dating the wreck as this is no longer legal. 

wooden life ring holder (upside down)
brass lock with seal

Guns, projectiles and cannons...

gun sight

projectile timer
bronze signal cannon

shot for small arms

hedge hog ( do not recover )

Helms and Telegraphs

Hasties factory

telegraph base

Lanterns and Lights

turtle light
cage lights

cage light lowell

goose neck cage light

cage light

goose neck cage light

cage lights oceanic

over head light

overhead light base

over head light interior

desk lamp

compass lantern

search light 36"

perko mast light

360 degree mast light

 mast light

copper running light

copper mast head 360 light

brass mast light

fishing mast head light

28" starboard running light

perko 24 " all round tow light
.For help to properly preserve artifacts, click here.

Note: All shipwreck artifacts are legally rescued and restored by Atlantic Divers.
 Please check with current laws prior to recovery of any shipwreck artifacts.