The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

Come in closer as I tell you a story about a Cape May Restaurant that sits above a sunken ship. That’s Right!!! 

There are some New Jersey legends and folklore that people believe even though there is no truth behind them. Some examples that come to mind are the Jersey Devil, The Mount Holly Witch Trials, and the Devil’s Tower.

While there is no concrete evidence of their tales people want to believe such a tale since it’s so interesting. This curiosity in all of us is how we stumbled upon an incredible story in Cape May.

The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

Since the Wildwood Video Archive does tons of research for our history videos, there was one story that we had heard in passing but never had a full story.

It’s the interesting story of the ferry boat, SS Utica, and its crazy history. It was so intriguing that the WVA created a mini-documentary about this ship and what happened to it.

The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

If you want to watch this video it’s located at the bottom of the page. Before you watch through, here is some information you’re going to want to know.

In 1853 the New York Central Railroad Company was created after many different rail lines merged into one system. The age of the stream-powered trains was in full swing and rail companies owned much of the Northeast.

Through the next 50 years, New York Central was expanding quickly and needed to find new ways to get cargo, people, and other goods down the Hudson river.

The Hudson line was starting to get backed up with many trains and so they turned to ships to bypass the rails completely.

In 1910, the New York Central decided to purchase two new Ferries. The first one they bought was the SS Utica which had a length of 180 feet.

The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

The Cape May Restaurant That Sits On A Sunken Ship

From 1910 until the early 1960s The Utica made thousands of trips up and down the Hudson. By the time the  mid-1960s hit, the New York Central Railroad started having financial issues which lead to its closing in 1968.

Prior to its closing, there was an effort to save the company by liquidating much of its assets. They started to sell off some of their extra vessels and use the money to get them out of debt. The Utica was one of the ships they sold.

Local Wildwood business owner Ward Bright brought The Utica and came up with an interesting idea for it.

Below is the video but before you watch, please consider subscribing to our Youtube Channel.

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