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NJ coast shipwreck is steamer

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The hulking wreck has been a regular destination for divers but a riddle to historians: What ship came to rest in 85 feet of water 10 miles off New Jersey's coastline? Now, federal officials have an answer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it has confirmed that the ship is the Robert J. Walker, an iron-hulled steamer doing mapping work for the U.S. Coast Survey that sank 153 years ago after a violent collision with a 250-ton schooner.

Twenty sailors aboard the Walker died, making it the worst accident in the history of the U.S. Coast Survey or its successor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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I guess that's one more accounted for.

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I'd love to explore a shipwreck.

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I'd love to explore a shipwreck.

No biggie... start by holding your breath underwater at the local swimming pool :innocent:

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