1800s Brig Wreck Revealed off Georgica Beach, NY
April 2, 2012
East Hampton Star: Severe erosion has again revealed the wooden bones of the Mars, a sailing vessel that went aground on a clear day about this time of year in 1828 at Georgica Beach east of Georgica Pond.
According to local lore as recorded by Jeannette Rattray in her book “Ship Ashore,” Mars was a well-built, nearly new brig fastened with copper bolts. According to Ms. Rattray’s account, “Two young men, Stephen Sherrill and John Osborn, bought the wreck where she lay for $100. They removed the furniture and trim from her cabin, the spars, sails, and much of her copper,” she wrote, referring to the copper sheathing that served as defense against marine worms.