View of Meyer’s Wharf (date unknown), showing collection of vessels being stripped by William E. Meyer. Vessel names are unsubstantiated, but are believed to be N.E. Turner, Gladisfen, Fraternite, and Taifun (foreground to background). (Courtesy collection of Irving Hayward).
While historical research guided researchers to many of the wrecks recorded during the survey, three unknown wreck sites were discovered during preliminary snorkel explorations of Meyers Wharf. To assess the new sites, small teams surveyed and photographed them. Vessels 3 and 4, located to the starboard side of the HMS Ready, consisted of little more than vessel backbones and small debris fields. The largest of the newly discovered sites, named Vessel 5, was more substantial at about 130 feet long. These remains consisted of an intact keelson with frames and ceiling planking on either side. Though no historical information has been found regarding these vessels, their close proximity to other vessels in Meyer’s Wharf suggests their identities might be found within historical records relating to ship breaking and salvage in the area. Research continues.