New Era (ship)

New Era was a ship that wrecked on November 13, 1854, off of present-day Asbury Park, New Jersey, coincidentally at almost the identical location the SS Morro Castle ran aground in 1934 after a devastating fire that had killed 137 crew and passengers.

Recovered anchor from wreck
Name: New Era
Launched: 1854
Fate: Wrecked, November 13, 1854
General characteristics
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

The journey

New Era was built in Bath, Maine as an emigrant ship of 1328 tons in 1854 and set sail on this its first voyage on September 28. The ship was carrying nearly all German emigrants having sailed from Bremen, Germany with a final destination of New York. The crossing was difficult with 40 passengers being lost to cholera during the journey. It was later reported that New Era was a leaky ship with both crew and passengers required to man pumps during the voyage.


New Era grounded in a dense fog in the morning hours of the 13 November with the reported loss of about 150 lives.[1]


On September 15, 2012 an archeological search was performed with ground penetrating radar in an attempt to locate a memorial marker lost to the sea shortly after it was placed in 1893 by Asbury Park founder James A. Bradley. The monument was not found. [2]


  1. "Ship News". The Times (21910). London. 28 November 1854. col E, p. 10.
  2. Molly Mulshine (September 17, 2012). "New Era monument search unsuccessful". Asbury Park Sun. Retrieved 2012-09-17.

- By Julius Friedrich Sachse Published by The Pennsylvania German Society 1907

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