Sandy Exposes Ship Buried In Sand For Decades

    November 16, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Hurricane Sandy left miles of devastation in her wake, destroying homes, vehicles, property, and several lives before it finally moved on. But sometimes, even the most destructive storms can uncover rare treats, and Sandy was no exception.

The weathered hull of a ship, believed to be the wreckage of the Bessie White, has appeared half-buried in a sand dune which eroded over 70 feet during the storm. The ship is so damaged it’s difficult to discern its origin for sure, but experts believe it’s the same one which ran ashore in the early ’20s after heavy fog turned it off track. All the crew members escaped alive, but the ship went on its own path and was eventually salvaged for the tons of coal it carried. The skeleton, however, remains on the beach of Fire Island in New York, where experts hope to study it before the tide takes it under again.

“There’s so little of it left we may not be not be able to determine which ship it actually is, but we may be able to learn more about its age,” spokesperson for Davis Park Paula Valentine said. “It’s just a rare treat to see something exposed.”

Image: Cheryl Hapke

  • david w.

    are you sure it didnt carry whiskey for one of the local speakeasies

  • Miranda K

    This story is not entirely true… Yes the ship exists…. But you didn’t do your research. It lies in Fort Morgan, AL. And has been exposed by several hurricanes over the years… Not in New York and NOT by Sandy.

    • bri

      This is NOT the same ship as the one in AL. Look at the pics of both again.

    • L

      They’re two completely different ships.

  • http://ms1.gotdns.com jonny rocket

    i sure wish the american people would expose the KENYAN.

    • Normal Person

      You exposed yourself as an idiot

      • Bob

        Normal Person – You are a kool-aid drinking idiot. Wise up!

        • Realist

          I agree with Normal Person here.
          Apparently Kool Aid is for normal people

        • Romney’s Bright Idea

          Bob if you dont like it self deport yourself.

        • Josh

          You such a sheeple redneck, drinking dat KOOL-AID.

      • Judith

        Hmmm. Who is the Kenyan? Do you mean the AMERICAN? What the hell does your question have to do with the issue here? What is wrong with you???

        • bernie

          It the boat. The Kenyan come on the boat. Could be the same boat. We all come on the boat. Nothin wrong wid me. Wats wrong wid yew?

    • Jonathan

      Unfortunately the ship seems not to hold much historical value. It may be best to annotate it location in the local records and salvage a small piece for a local museum.
      As for Mr. Rocket, it takes real rage to make a story that has nothing to do with politics into a political (and racial) hate fest. The election is over and like or not the results are what they are. Save the rhetoric for the FOX NEWS and Neo Nazi websites and leave these types of stories alone for those with the mental capacity and moral fortitude to process and reply.

      • jonathan

        At least fox post all comments.They do not block the ones they do not like,even if they are against fox. All of the major media blocks what they dont like. Including face book. Face book is good only for regular messages. They only post their stunted views.

      • jonathan

        Although my name is jonathan do not confuse me with this person.

        • jonathan

          It should be obvious which is which. I LIKE FOX. If you want to see every ones comments then go to fox.

    • http://twitter john dunkle

      You gat that right! And they will expose him eventually. I just hope it’s not too late for the country. God Bless Donald Trump!

      • Salle

        Dunkle is a complete red necked/meth infested idiot. Extreme intelligence to be able to turn a story into politics. GO AWAY.

        • jonathan

          Apparently you are idiots. For 2 reasons: Turning this into a political slug fest. 2 The electoral college decides who will be the POTUS. So! He was declared winner before all votes were cast. ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE! Oh! If any of his administration makes a mistake then they have a problem with him. Petraeusn said it was obvious from the begining of the attck on bengazi it was a terrorist attack,but just talk talk talk like in Iran. OH! By the way it was not my intention to discuss politics,but both sides had to start it. Again! ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

          • Beverly

            Obama won electoral and popular vote!

        • Bryan

          Im a Redkneck, Salle what i can not seem to figure out is why you would use that as a derogatory word seems to me that you may have issue with ones race, creed, color, religion and or social and financial status. You may have some personal issues that need to be worked out with a professional or a Pastor at your local church.

      • shawn

        Fuck Donald Trump

        He wasnt elected get over it….. deport or kill yourself

        what an idiot…by by

  • James

    Maybe its the Ark!!

    • Nicole


  • Charles

    I lived near Fire Island and lots of cargo ships ran ground this is not new.

  • dixie luttchens

    I fINK it is really neet. any thing NOT politics is a breath of fresh air.

  • Randy

    The Bessie White , not to be confused with Betty White , who was already a radio star in 1921 ….

    • dude

      By show of likes who confused Bessie with Betty?

  • http://YAHOO Liz

    This is cool-history in 2012. Something good coming from Sandy. It’s a blessing with significance for historians. Good for us!

  • Heather

    Okay. Cool. A ship. Now lets forget about it.. and try to help those who were affected by the hurricane. Because I think that is the real issue here.

  • Mona H

    SHAME on the “writer” Amanda Crum! She cut and pasted earlier posted articles by true journalists. Even then her lack of experience shows. Dummy, you are supposed to give details of the who, what, when and where before putting in a quote. Be sure to add LIAR to that sparkling resume of yours!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/thebandanabrothers Zachery S. Polk

    It wasn’t important enough to do anything but salvage it’s cargo to begin with. I don’t think we really need to do any detective work here. The east coast is loaded with shipwrecks. National Geographic released a map illustrating all of them that are on record. Now let’s all get back to work.

    • TC

      totally agree Zach, this is no great “good”, not for how it was found. Sure experts in this area can use it, but it’s not a matter of “look at the good Sandy did”. A blessing for historians? Really, I think not and they would say the same. Sure make use of it, but don’t revel in it as we’ve become to immune to human suffering.

  • person

    wow… sandy brought so much bad, but look at the good.

  • http://yahoo cecelia roy

    Cool!!!! I wanna see it!

  • Harry

    johnny rocket is my neighbor – he has always been scared of everything – I tried to tell him to stop listening to glenn beck, rush, bill o’lliely – he wouldn’t listen..now he is petrified to come out of his house – he only listens to fox news – they have made him soooo scared of the world – he can’t even use his own brain – frightened by his own shadow – it’s a shame..he could’ve been something!

    • t


      • http://yahoo Johnny Reb

        It is a real shame FOXNEWS is the news channel
        with enough ????’s to tell it like it really is.

        • Johnny B Jones

          Hey johnny reb Love that name,it also mine in some circles.I get my news from the net.

    • Deborah

      U make no sense

  • http://www.tombstonelizardmedia.com TombstoneLizard

    “..It’s just a rare treat to see something this exposed.” Jeez, lady, it’s Fire Island. After Labor Day, sure it’s quiet, but check it out after Memorial Day! You’ll see plenty of “exposure”!

    • greeneyes

      Wonderfully said.

  • jonny

    Well…I have never commented on an article and I too was interested in the shipwreck. I just wanted to check it out, but after reading some of the comments I could not hold back. You have elected a man who you still do not know nothing about. He will not release his college transcripts, but wanted Romney to release 10 years of his tax returns, he never had a real job, but is now running our Country (and what a fine job he has done….not!). He claims he is a Christian and not a Muslim, but plays golf every Sunday. He was raised by a Communist after his father left, but claims he is for the middle class. Wake the F up! He was elected because the 47% voted twice! It is very sad when 12 states decide the fate of the other 38……look at the map…..red wins! The man is a chronic liar and can lie as good as Bill only he has to have a teleprompter to do it. He has snubbed Israel, the middle east is in total turmoil because of this administration, China holds our debt, the stock market has declined everyday since he was elected, companies are going out of business and laying of workers because of Obamacare, estate and capital gain taxes are about to double next year, we have dead Americans in Libya and he is still lying about it! You’re elected official is destroying America one day at a time. What took over 200 years to create (our deficit), Obama doubled in 4 years….yeah blame it on Bush…..who’s he going to blame for the next 4 years Forward? Please…I’ll check back in 4 years to see where the 47% will be….the 98%? Look at Spain, Greece, and Europe…..that’s where Obama invisions us to be….his goal! Wow…and the Vice has dementia! Global warming?….blame that on Hillary…..she has burnt more jet fuel than the USAF!

    • joey

      racist piece of shit

      • Deborah

        Read below moron

      • shawn

        You are by far the stuppidist person ever to have a say in life. First, Obama was a fall guy.. He dosent owe you a god damn thing……………….He proved his residency and his anything you think. You are supposed to kmnow… by proxy of his election..if you dont like it you should tie a rope around your neck and jump out of an up stairs window you r an idiot…I am ashamed to be an American with such stuppid idiots……. he doesnt owe you a god damn thing you stuppid bitch…he was elected by more than half of Americans and you should kill yourself and shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you are what keeps American from prospering…AWEFUL AWEFUL AWEFUL Please kill yourself and do us all a favor

        • Brad

          He was elected by subterfuge and electorial votes. They also had a hidden program flip the votes. And you call people stuppid when it’s spelled stupid stupid.

      • http://yahoo JOHN



    • jonny is stupid

      hahahahahahah…people like you are clueless.

      • Deborah

        Jonny I agree with u. It amazes me how oblivious the other morons that r calling u racist and stupid r. It is statics idiots. And further more I’m a white southern female with a black man. Thank God my biracial child listens and watches the debates instead of going by what someone hears from someone else. I teach her to pay attention, investigate and educate yourself no matter what. Blame it on race, but the morons need to remember Obama is biracial too. What idiots.

        • Aaron

          Oh someone has good morals.

          • shawn


        • shawn

          STUPPID STUPPIFD BITCH..idots a good thing that more than half of American dont agree with you

          you should by far take you and your black hubby and kill yourself sounds as if you want it that way anyway STUPPID STUPPID STUPPID.. You have NO CLUE at all dumb bitch

          tell your black hubby to tie a rope around his neck and end it now…Life is far too short to feel disenfranchiced… you are the main problem in America…if you kill yourself its one less idiot

          spend more time informing yourself rather than putting the american system down Good by…I expect your funeral to have very few quests…

          • Brad

            It’s not the American system anymore. And it’s stupid, not stuppid, you stupid libtard.

    • b

      Jonny, You would rather have elected a man that would say anything to win his primary then change most of his salient points to try and win the presidency? That surely does not sound like someone that should be running our great, but problematic country

      • Deborah

        Dummy we need someone with morals and values. Also he has a track record of fixing economical problems. What were h listening to open both ears not just one. One sided iodiot

    • ayeshafatima

      I know you have heard the saying May the best man win! and He did. Your idea that America belongs to you all has been proven untrue twice. You want your world to continue where the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. Not under this administration. The rich will pay their share and not on the backs of the less fortune. GOD is in control, not you, not my belove President OBAMA. You all lost because first Romney has a mental block and cares nothing about you or me Maybe you are not one of the 47% but you probably are but just don’t want to admit it. I am sure you are not an original American unless you are an indian. You will never be taken serious by anyone that has sense. It not your world squirrel. You am 1000% sure the world is in a better shape now than anything you all could produce because you are not interested in what is reality. You are living in an illusion to think the world is only for the ROmney type people although I must admit his concession speech was a great speech. One we can respect. Maybe better luck next time and much less money. GOD has shown that man plans and So does he and he will and has had the last say. THANK YOU GOD FOR BEING THE GOD OF ALL PEOPLE. THIS IS WHAT HEAVEN WILL LOOK LIKE A PLACE ALL GOOD SOULs AND COLOR WILL NOT BE A ISSUE. TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTER BELIEVER REGARDLESS OF WHAT COLOR OR KIND YOU ARE KEEP HOLDING UP THE LIGHT SO DARK WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO MANIFEST IT SELF EVEN IN PEOPLE LIKE YOU. I PRAY YOU FIND SOME SUNSHINE IN YOUR DARK HEART

      • Deborah

        How can u pray for Jonny but b happy for a man that went to a church that had a political pastor not a religious one that is a fact. Maybe u need to do some research idiot I will pray that god helps u to c an heat.

        • Deborah

          And hear

        • shawn

          you are Stuppid and deserve no normal resonse

          kill yourself now and do us all a hugh favor

          you re clueless and nothing I say will help you out……………………..Just die please

          • jeff

            Something is wrong with you fellow. Who talks like that.

          • Shawn is ignorant

            Shawn you are the idiot. Calling er “stuppid” and to do us a “hugh” favor. Or “quests” at her funeral?

            It’s STUPID, HUGE and GUESTS you ignorant PRICK. I’m not even going to start on your lack of punctuation.
            Someone flunked out of elementary school apparently.

      • dex

        “the poor” are poor because they are too lazy to work. Why work when Obama will give it to me for free. That is the problem with America. I work 70 hrs week to make sure I am not “poor”. I will hire someone and they will quit 2 days later because they say its too hard, they would rather keep collecting unemployment.

    • Aaron

      Hey Jonny… Shut the fuck up. Obama won get over it. It’s as simple as that if you don’t like it then oh well. Try next election.

    • teadrian

      SHUT UP

      • shawn

        deport yourself if you don’t agree with the policy in place for voting…Good By distroy yourself and make America great again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Rachel

          Wow, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Shawn, you are going a bit overboard here. Telling people to kill themselves, really? Grow up!

        • we should all jus hate on this shawn gur

          NOBODY likes you shawn

    • Michael Ervin Rothfuss

      Wow, another person that can’t get over the lose. I am sorry but I have to disagree with you. He hasn’t done anything that Reagan didn’t do worse. Oh, lets talk about Reaganomics. Under Reagan, and both Bush’s the income inequality of our nation increased dramatically. They are all Republicans. Weird. Income inequality decreased during the Clinton, Carter, and stayed level in the Obama eras, weird I do say how that adds up. I can’t help but to believe that Romney and the Republicans are only going to make this country even more segregated. Look at what Romney said. It laid very close to what Reaganomics was. And if you want to know how Reaganomics worked, spent a whole bunch of money on military, which we already spend seven times the amount than the next leading country, $35 billion to $5 billion, cut taxes for the wealthy, which like they need more, and lay the tax burden on the middle and lower class by upping their taxes. Real income went down an average of 1.7% per year in the years of 1983-1988. It is statistics and you wanted to vote for a guy that wanted to play something very close to Reaganomics. And its those Republicans that won’t agree with anything the Democrats put forth that is killing our country. We don’t need two parties where we are divided, we need to be one country. If there were more parties, where you either have to be one or the other, and there was no major rule, we probably be better off because we would go off on plans. I voted Obama. I thought he was better, it isn’t his fault that he got stuck with George Bush’s mess. He didn’t start the war. Afghanistan has been at war with someone since the 70’s whether it be the USSR, their civil war, or now with NATO in there. Pakistan and Israel have been fighting since the late 40’s early 50’s, and every time we think it is going to stop, it starts back up. And why should he give presence to Israel over other countries in the Middle East. Israel ain’t always right. And I hate to say it, our health care system ranks last in many categories before Obama-care. Of all developed nations, we had the highest mortality rate for infants. We had one of the worst of developed nations to get cures. Obama and the Democrats are trying to fix the Health Care system. Is it perfect. No. But he is trying to help. If it wasn’t for all you people stop being mad because there is a black man in office and listen to him, and realize he is only trying to help, maybe some progress can be made. I am white, and I am glad he won. I had no doubt in my mind. And I hope he can get Congress behind him. I hope he can close Guatanamo Bay. I hope he brings in Obama-Care. I see us going forward with Obama. And if he is a Muslim, who cares. 99.9% of Muslims are peaceful. So there are a few bad ones. But do you even know what is in the Quran? I have studied economics, and religion at a major university and am still studying as of today, and truthfully, I don’t see one problem with Obama being in office. A lot of us who study economics are glad that Obama won. A lot of us who believe in Human Rights are glad that Obama won. And Global Warming isn’t a myth, look at what is happening to our planet. Record highs throughout the summer the past two years really gives no evidence at all right? I’m sorry, if you would like to have an educated debate, you can tweet me. I will love to go over evidence and facts, not just, oh he goes golfing on Sundays, really do you go to church on Sundays? Lets be honest here. But find me at twitter at @mer300. You have a good day. Thanks.

    • sabio

      These are the sign of times and of the last days.no man can cure societies ills.

  • anoynmous

    Obviously you guys are ignorent to the fact that fox news won the right to lie on television they also will not show it in Canada because in Canada you are not allowed to lie on television.

    • g

      anoynmous, it is interesting to know that the Canadians have found a way to stop the television signals from crossing their border.

    • http://yahoo Sam

      If you can’s tell lies on Canadian TV, does that mean Obama and
      other politicians are not allowed to be shown??

    • Hoppy

      Who gets to decide what the truth is?

  • concerned

    Did I miss something? I was here to read an article about an old boat, but of course all of the comments on this article are political. It really saddens me, what our country has turned into! All of these people calling each other “idiots” and “morons” or wishing death on someone because they don’t believe like you.

    The real truth isn’t what you hear from “fact checkers” and it certainly isn’t coming out of the mouths of ANY candidate from EITHER side. All of you are bickering like children over which lies you have chosen to believe. Bush did a lot of things wrong, Obama does a lot of things wrong. Rodney would have done a lot of things wrong. They all are self-serving, (otherwise they wouldn’t be so power hungry as to run for president) and would let this country go to he’ll in a hand basket in order to line their own pockets.

    Until all of us wake up, step into the real world, and demand the real truth without any left or right spin, America will never be more than a land of “idiots” and “morons” who bicker like preschoolers over things that they think they know, when NONE of them really have a clue.

    I’m sorry, but it had to be said.

  • entertained

    My goodness! Non of you can spell to save your life!!!

  • emh

    GOD BLESS AMERICA! Freedom of speech is priceless but some of you really need to calm down. All of this raging is not good for your health.You are going to need “Obama Care”after you work yourself up into a stroke or heart attac!

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