Rare 1850s vintage steam locomotive found under 90-feet of water off coast of New Jersey

Rare 1850s vintage steam locomotive found under 90-feet of water off coast of New Jersey

Long Branch : NJ : USA | Feb 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM PST
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It was a deep-sea graveyard for pair of steam locomotives of the 1850s that was found lying beneath 90-feet of water off the coast of Long Branch in New Jersey as reported in dailymail.co.uk of dated 19th of February 2013.

The archeologists are excited at the find and believe that these were brand new locomotives that were being transported from Boston to mid-Atlantic and had been dumped to ensure safety of the ship because of storms and bad weather.

Despite of being under water for nearly 160-years, the engines appear to be in fairly good condition, except for the rust.

It is believed that the locomotives were the rare Planet Class 2-2-2 models which became obsolete soon after it hit the markets - it was of the 15-ton class while others of the vintage were of the 35-ton class.

It was a chance discovery by Paul Hepler in 1985 when he was mapping the bottom of the ocean with his magnometer when the device picked up the huge metallic objects that had been lying at the bottom.

Dan Lieb, a member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Explorers Club is liaising with the New Jersey Museum of Transport to arrive at a proper method to preserve this unique find of 160-year old steam locomotive.

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