NY MUSEUM DISPLAYS ARTIFACTS

NY MUSEUM DISPLAYS ARTIFACTS

A collection of artifacts from shipwrecks is on display at the American Merchant Marine Museum from now until the end of December.

The display, courtesy of the American Society of Oceanographers, contains items from the passenger vessel Andrea Doria and the U.S. Navy cruiser San Diego.A ship's wheel, a brass binnacle, china and glassware and shell casings are among the artifacts on display.

The exhibit also includes items from the R.M.S. Oregon, which sank 13 miles off Long Island's Moriches Inlet, the S.S. Republic, which went down 55 miles south of Nantucket Island, the R.C. Mohawk, 10 miles south of the East Rockaway Inlet, and the S.S. Choapa, at the approach of the New York Harbor.

The Andrea Doria sank 50 miles south of Nantucket, and the San Diego sank seven miles south of Long Island.

The divers who recovered the artifacts are members of the American Society of Oceanographers, which is dedicated to the study of maritime history and marine science.

The museum is located on the campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy here. Public visiting hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

For further information, contact: (516) 773-5515.