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Belmar in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Malta Shipwreck

 
 
Malta Shipwreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Malta Shipwreck Marker
Inscription. Why is this pole here?

This pole is actually a part of Belmar's maritime history. It is the foremast (front mast) of the Malta, a ship that was wrecked off 8th Ave. in Belmar on November 24, 1885. The foremast was salvaged and mounted here as a standpipe for the sewer system. The remains of the shipwreck are located across the street, about 100 yards offshore. The sternpost can be seen at low tide.

If you look closely at the foremast, you can see the guide rail which was used to guide the sail up the mast. At the top of the foremast, you can see the cap which secured the upper mast. At the bottom of the foremast, you can see the "gudgeons," the metal fittings where the boom was attached. A boom is a pole used to extend the bottom of a sail.
 
Erected by Borough of Belmar.
 
Location. 40° 10.729′ N, 74° 0.792′ W. Marker is in Belmar, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and 8th Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Ocean Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belmar NJ 07719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shark River Salt Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Monument
Malta Shipwreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Malta Shipwreck Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Korean - Vietnam - Persian Gulf Monument (approx. ĺ mile away); The Spirit of the American Doughboy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Breslin War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bradley Beach World War I Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); President Wilsonís Asbury Park Executive Offices (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belmar.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Malta Shipwreck Foremast - How Sweet the Smell! image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Malta Shipwreck Foremast - How Sweet the Smell!
The foremast from the Malta is used to vent the putrid smell of the borough's sewage higher than street level.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,626 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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