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SHIP NAME: Gluckauf KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
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link http://www.njscuba.net/sites/site_gluckauf.html

Says "ran aground in storm". Chart shows a location almost exactly half-way up Fire Island. Says wreck is in 75 to 100 feet offshore in 25 feet of water. Claims no casualties. Date is given as March 25,1893. Good old picture of ship half-buried in the sand.


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link http://visseraa.topcities.com/German/id95.htm

This site says "stranded in heavy fog". May have had access to German Esso records. Says the West picture is at Long Island Martime Museum.


source Rhoda Amon, Newsday
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In the 19th century, the Blue Point Beach on Fire Island was an equal opportunity wreck site. Raging gales drove ships of every type and nation onto the outer bar, some never to be seaborne again. One such luckless vessel was the German tanker-steamer Gluckauf, driven aground on March 25, 1982, or the same date in 1893 (accounts vary).

The ship, said to be the world's first bulk oil carrier (though fortunately nearly empty at the time), worked its way too far up the beach to be towed off. Hard-working surfment from the Blue Point Life-Saving Station near the community of Water Island rescued the crew by breeches buoy.

Wrecking tugs managed to dislodge the ship on April 7 and were towing it to sea when the hawser broke and the Gluckauf came permanently ashore, according to an eyewitness account in "Wrecks and Rescues on Long Island" by Van B. Field.

The unlucky Gluckauf [leave it alone, lady], its stern sunk in the sand and its bow up, became a Fire Island tourist attraction. Visitors posed on or near the vessel, as seen in the Benjamin T, West photo above. In about 1900, junk dealers built a narrow-gauge railroad over the beach hills and, using horse-drawn carts, removed everything they coul dstrip.


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Newton, A Century of Tankers, page 25, says "ran aground off Fire Island". Mitchell, Sailing Ship to Supertanker, page 11, says "The Gluckauf sailed until 1893 when she went ashore on Fire Island, in the approaches to New York, and was wrecked.".

No cause info. The old picture at www.njscuba.net shows no fire damage, hull is intact. Ship was delivered in 1886.