Now I know there will be a few out there who will question who found some of these spots and I have no problem making corrections once they are verified.
I also like everyone to keep in mind that a number of wrecks were found by one fishing operation that for years have kept the name and location secret only to have some other fishing operation then find it and claim it as their boat finding a new virgin wreck. There is much that can then be debated on who found a wreck in these cases, but I can tell you that as a rule, those party boats which commonly ventured offshore typically were generally the first to find these noted codfish spots.
Unlike any other area on this coast, the NY BIGHT does have the greatest cluster of ship wrecks and assorted rockpiles scattered within a 40 mile or so vicinity of the Port of New York. Many have been found over the years, and a number have now crumbled away due to the effects of the marine environment. This is a list of the most noted that I have put together that were codfish king-pins from back in the day.
HAPPY DAYS - Found by Lobsetman Bill Whoety (sp) who gave the loran A numbers to Captain Al of a big wreck in the area.
G&D -Dragger Terry Lee had towed into it while towing for scup. Captain Phil Ruhle who was out of the Baldwin/Freeport area with his dragger gave it to Captain Al who was the first to fish it.
3 FARES - Found by Captain Jay Porter using a scanner with 3 fares on the boat that day.
59 lb - Captain Al running the Viking 7 from the now sunk Experimental Buoy to the Yankee ran it over. Caught a 59 pound cod on it that very day. Al got this wreck from a set of Phil Ruhle numbers.
YANKEE -Originally found by the Walsh brothers, who gave it to Captain Al, and another Phil Ruhle set of Loran A numbers that he had since this was the largest wreck in the area.
SKIPPY - Captain Buddy Dorman (Yankee Skipper) found it running one day from the Yankee to the F.I. Lightship and ran it over and was seen turning around and doing circles for a period of time on it. Billy 'Bubbles' dove on it later on and got the Bell off it and found it was the Tarantula.
IRMA C - Found by Billy Granau who owned the clam boat Enterprise while towing with the dragger IRMA C east of the G&D, left both his net and a buoy on it.
DOUBLE SCHOONERS - Bill Whoety (sp) who found the Happy Days, had lobster pots around this piece of bottom.
ELAC - Captain Richie Kessinger while scanning for the Yankee and ended up to far offshore of it, found this small wreck.
EXPERIMENTAL BUOY - Sunk by Captain Jay Porter, found by Captain Stan Joseph of the Captain Joseph from Captree.
FLORENCE - Open bottom cod fish found by Sy Collins, west north west of the G&D.
RICHIES TUG aka LOST TUG - Found by Dennis Bogan. Captain Richie Kessinger got it from John Larson the diver who said it looked like a tug boat. Originally a scalloper had got hung up on it and that is how this interesting set of numbers got out.
OREGON - Joseph family had it first. Dragger had left a buoy to mark it.
SAN DIEGO - Believe it or not, a private boat coming back from Montauk found a buoy marking it. The boat then ran due north (inshore) took ranges, then ran back out using time and course.
LINDA - Dragger Gannett gave the Loran A numbers to Captain Jay Porter while they talked in the shipyard. George Linley of the Jess-Lu had it though.
WOLCOTT - Captain Fred Wrege owner of the Effort, paid a dragger captain 500 dollars for the location where he left his net. The draggerman told him how good the fishing was around that area, thus the big money paid to find out where the Wolcott was.
DODGER - Fred Wrege named it, but party boat Flash 2 found it while drifting for mackerel, threw anchor and landed on it in June 1948/1949.
REGGIE - Steel boat that Captain Fred Wrege would run to and fish on his Fire Island trips.
NA WRECK - Captain Jay Porter given the Loran A numbers to.
CLOSED BARGE - Supposedly fished first by the Eddie B, called by Captain Scotty the 'mussel'.
HYLTON CASTLE - Found by George Linley of the Jess-Lu running to the San Diego.
COIMBRA -Originally run over by the TALLY 5 (TALLY BUICK) whose crew happened to be friendly with Captain Jay Porter.
VIRGINIA - Captain Jay Porter using early government AWOIS numbers.
DAILY BREAD - Bruce Larson hung with the dragger Daily Bread and gave Captain RIchie Kessinger the numbers. Later on Captain Joe Bogan coming across on a offshore wreck trip saw Richie in the distance and it was the only offshore wreck that he was ever seen on...thankfully they were good friends!
COW - Draggerman Jimmy Mathews of the Christina Alexa hung up on what is supposed to be a old wooden dragger.
ANGLER BANK PROPER - Billy Grimley, was used to find the wreck listed below using time and course of 14 minutes at 8 knots and following the contour to find:
3 SISTERS - Found by Walter Specht of the Margaret and named after his wife and her 2 sisters.
ROCKET GROUNDS - Low bottom found by Laddy Martin of the Rocket using a scanner.
IMMACULATA - Barges found by Laddy Martin.
BALD EAGLE - Found by Laddy Martin.
S/E IMMAC - Very low lying wreck found by Laddy Martin.
ASFALTO - Run over by Captain Richie Kessinger when blue fishing in the 50s.
BROADCAST - Charlie Dodd of the Optimist Queen gives the numbers out over VHF of a dragger hung up. Piece was easy to find due to large schools of scup which would settle up on it during the late summer and early fall and Laddy Martin never found the main pieces ince he was fishing the readings and 'sticky bottom' all around that area. Captain Richie Kessinger first to fish the main part. Laddy Martin latter on when in the Broadcast area, found another little wreck south of it.
EDNA'S BOTTOM - Captain Jay Porter found while scanning in that area found this spot which he named after a real life Edna.
COW COUNTRY ROCKS - Harold Wrege of the Elmar found it using Decca Navigator, though many will say Captain Al was the first to fish it.
AUSTIN W - Captain Phil Ruhle hangs up and puts a lighted buoy on it and tells Captain Al about it. Captain Al at that time had the Viking 7, was in the shipyard and quickly comes out and runs the 25 miles from Jones to fish it. He finds the buoy on it and zeroes it in with Loran A, and fishes it but the fishing was poor with one little blackfish caught. Goes out the next year to fish it and finds Captain Howard Bogan Sr. sitting on it.
ALS ASS - Captain Andy Peterson of the Marie 3 catches Al on this piece south east of Cholera during the late 50's/early 60s.
If there are any stories or corrections, please let me know since my chicken scratch notes taken a while back may have had a few errors in names and who actually found the pieces listed above.