The Sea King Scalloper Sunk in 1963 but the mast still rises 30 ft above the beach today!

If you go to the beach between 10th and 11th Street and take the path into the dunes in Barnegat Light you will see a metal spike 30 ft above the sand. That spike is actually the mast of the fishing boat, The Sea King.

On February 12, 1963 the 95 ft Sea King scalloper was towing a decommissioned minesweeper, The Prescott to Atlantic City to refit the ship as a scalloper. In a thick fog both ships were battered by a Nor’Easter and both ships were stranded in the surf at Barnegat beach. After weeks of efforts to raise both ships the Prescott was raised and saved. The Sea King could not be saved and was buried where today the mast can still be seen standing 30 ft high above the beach. Photos by Kaitlyn Vumbaca

For more info on this story visit the NJ Maritime Museum here> Barnegat Light and the Sea King – New Jersey Maritime Museum (

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