Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Asbury Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

S.S. Morro Castle Disaster

 
 
S.S. Morro Castle Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. S.S. Morro Castle Disaster Marker
Inscription.
In Memoriam
S.S. Morro Castle
September 8, 1934

This monument is dedicated to the 137 passengers and crew of the S.S. Morro Castle who lost their lives on September 8, 1934 when the ship burned off the Jersey Coast when returning from Havana, Cuba to New York City. It is also dedicated to the many courageous Jersey Shore residents who risked their own lives or provided assistance to rescue Morro Castle survivors from rough seas and recover the victims who washed ashore or were pulled from the sea.

American maritime history was forever changed by the Morro Castle Disaster. Incorporating fire-prevention design into ships and requiring mandatory life-boat drills are a direct result of this great loss of life. The still-burning Morro Castle beached itself in Asbury Park, just off of Convention Hall, and became a major tourist attraction until the charred hull was towed away to be sold as scrap months later. Mystery still surrounds the events of the Morro Castle that fateful night--mysteries that may never be solved but which resulted in one of the greatest maritime disasters in American History.

Dedicated by the Asbury Park Historical Society -- September 8, 2009
 
Erected 2009 by Asbury Park Historical Society.
 
Location.
Detail of the drawing on the monument image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Detail of the drawing on the monument
40° 13.409′ N, 73° 59.932′ W. Marker is in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ocean Avenue and 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park NJ 07712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldiers’ Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Era Anchor (approx. ¾ mile away); President Wilson’s Asbury Park Executive Offices (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jersey Central Power & Light Employees (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bradley Beach World War I Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away); Church of the Presidents (approx. 2.7 miles away); James A. Garfield (approx. 2.9 miles away); Shark River Salt Works (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asbury Park.
 
Categories. Notable EventsWaterways & Vessels
 
Mr. Sariotis was present when the Morro Castle grounded at Asbury Park in 1934 image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Mr. Sariotis was present when the Morro Castle grounded at Asbury Park in 1934
Mr. Gregory Sariotis, the only person present at today's dedication who was there in 1934 when the disaster happened. He is now 82 years old. At the time, he was a seven and a half year old boy who was in his father's store on First Ave., when the ship came aground.
Listening to the "old timer." image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
4. Listening to the "old timer."
Tourists stop to listen to the story of the Morro Castle by Mr. Gregory Sariotis, the only person present at today's dedication who was there in 1934 when the disaster happened. He is now 82 years old.
S.S. Morro Castle Disaster Marker in front of The Paramount Theatre image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
5. S.S. Morro Castle Disaster Marker in front of The Paramount Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,771 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 8, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement