A. J. Meerwald

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A. J. Meerwald
AJ Meerwald Cape May Harbor.jpg
Career (USA)
Owner: Bayshore Discovery Project
Ordered: 1928
Builder: Charles H. Stowman & Sons shipyard
Acquired: 1989
Fate: educational vessel
General characteristics
Type: two-masted gaff schooner
Tonnage: 57 tons
Length: 85 ft (26 m) on deck
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Height: 70 ft (21 m)
Draft: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Propulsion: sail; auxiliary engine
Sail plan: mainsail, foresail, large jib
sail area: 3,562 square feet (330.9 m2)
Capacity: 44 passengers
Notes: oak hull
A. J. Meerwald
A. J. Meerwald is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey
A. J. Meerwald
Location 22 Miller Avenue on Maurice River, Commercial Township, New Jersey
Coordinates 39°14′5″N 75°1′50″W / 39.23472°N 75.03056°W / 39.23472; -75.03056Coordinates: 39°14′5″N 75°1′50″W / 39.23472°N 75.03056°W / 39.23472; -75.03056
Area less than 1-acre (4,000 m2)
Architect Stowman, Charles H., & Sons
Architectural style Delaware Bay oyster schooner
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 95001256[1]
NJRHP # [2]
Added to NRHP November 7, 1995

A.J. Meerwald is the state ship of New Jersey. She is a restored oyster dredging schooner, whose home port is in the Bivalve section of Commercial Township in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Launched in 1928, A.J. Meerwald was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey's Delaware Bay shore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry which coincided with the Great Depression. Today, A.J. Meerwald is used by the Bayshore Discovery Project[3] for onboard educational programs in the Delaware Bay near Bivalve, and at other ports in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware region. A.J. Meerwald was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1995.[1] It became the state ship in 1998.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Cumberland County" (pdf). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. April 1, 2010. p. 12. Retrieved October 13, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Schooner A. J. Meerwald - New Jersey's Tall Ship". Bayshore Discovery Project. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/9899/Bills/s0500/485_i1.pdf