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September 08, 2006



Does anyone know where i can purchase photos of the morro castle on the beach. I found many pictures to view, but none to buy. thank you. joegray83@gmail.com

Mark Sceurman

For Ross Hillesheim:
Please let me know if you'd like to contact the Garner family and I'll forward any info. Feel free to contact me at: editor@weirdnj.com. And a correction: The Garners address is 98 Bay Ave in Bloomfield, NJ 07003, not 93. The Garner property has been there for over 100 years.

Ross Hillesheim

Mark Sceurman,

Thank you for the info, that is amazing to hear.

Ross Hillesheim (Valerie's son)


I am searching for a specific newspaper article about the Morro Castle. My grandfather, Hakon or Haakon Karlsen is in the article and described as having "eyes of granite blue." He helped rescue people. Please email me if you have any suggestions. clintkarlsen@mac.com

Mark Sceurman

This is a comment for Valerie Hillesheim regarding her great uncle Robert Garner. He lived at 93 Bay Ave in Bloomfield, NJ, and the Garner relatives still live there today. The garners have been friends of mine for years, and I remember when I was small, someone had come to the house to tell the story of what had happened to him.I don't remember all the details, but he had to abandon the ship when there was no hope, and he swam four miles onto the NJ shore where he collapsed with a heart attack on the beach. This story was told to me over 40 years ago, so that was really all I can remember.

Tim Abbott

There is a new maritime museum in Beach Haven, NJ with an entire room and exhibit dedicated to the Morro Castle disaster.

Museum of NJ Maritime History - (609) 492-0202 - 528 Dock Rd, Beach Haven, NJ


Franz arango

I'm a direct disentant to Franz Hoed De Beche,He did not survive..... Any Photos or information would be helpful. My dad just recently passed. I am attempting to incoporate Morro Castle tragedy in a book that my dad and I were trying to complete.It's in my hands now.

Best regards,

Franz A Arango

Valerie Hillesheim

My great uncle, Robert Garner was a first time seamen on the Morro Castle. I would like to see the crew list. Is it available?
Thank you.

Sandi Lee Craig

I was looking through some old family photos and found 5 of this ship while she was beached on the Jersey shore. Thanks for the stories that bring the photos into relevance! Would share with anyone who would like,


How, generous, Bud. I'd be delighted with whatever you have to share. I've responded to your e-mail address with mailing details.

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