On the Asbury Park boardwalk located at 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey, visitors will find the SS Morro Castle Monument. The monument is located less than an hour from Cape Liberty Cruise Port at Bayonne, New Jersey cruise ship terminal and the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal across the Hudson, River in New York.
Anthem of the Seas calls Cape Liberty her home port. Christened on April 20, 2015, the massive cruise ship has a capacity of 4,905 passengers. Those passengers leaving and returning from a Caribbean cruise, sail right past the monument for the SS Morro Castle fire as they pass Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The SS Morro Castle Fire on September 8, 1934 resulted in the deaths of 135 Passengers and Crew. The cruise ship, huge for her time, had 480 passengers and 240 crew aboard, when the cruise ship caught fire.
At around 2:50 a.m. on September 8, while the SS Morro Castle was sailing around eight nautical miles off Long Beach Island, New York, a fire was detected in a storage locker within the First Class Writing Room on B Deck, which quickly spread within minutes.
Captain Warms attempted to beach the ship, but the growing need to launch lifeboats and abandon ship forced him to give up this strategy. Within 20 minutes of the fire’s discovery (at approximately 3:10), the fire burned through the ship’s main electrical cables, plunging the ship into darkness. As all power was lost, the radio stopped working as well. The crew only got off one SOS call before the radio was silent. Read more on Cruise Ship Fires
Video: SS Morro Castle Fire