A. J. Meerwald
|Owner:||Bayshore Discovery Project|
|Builder:||Charles H. Stowman & Sons shipyard|
|Type:||two-masted gaff schooner|
|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|
A. J. Meerwald
|Location||22 Miller Avenue on Maurice River, Commercial Township, New Jersey|
|Area||less than 1-acre (4,000 m2)|
|Architect||Stowman, Charles H., & Sons|
|Architectural style||Delaware Bay oyster schooner|
|NRHP Reference #||95001256|
|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 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. It became the state ship in 1998.
- Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "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]
- "Schooner A. J. Meerwald - New Jersey's Tall Ship". Bayshore Discovery Project. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- SENATE, No. 485, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, 208th LEGISLATURE
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