A steamer that sunk more than 150 years ago 12 miles off the Atlantic City coast will be named to the National Register of Historic Places, and will be mapped for the first time this summer.

National Register of Historic Places, and will be mapped for the first time this summer, giving recreational divers and history buffs a clearer picture of the site.
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The ship, the Robert J. Walker, was lost until the 1970s and has since become a destination for divers, according to a Philly.com report.

The steamer collided with a schooner during a storm as it headed toward New York in 1860 and 21 men died.

The work will be undertaken by the New Jersey Historical Divers Association, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Black Laser Learning, the Edward Marsh Library in San Diego, and local recreational scuba divers in partnership with NOAA.

They will gather data, photos, and drawings that will be displayed in coming months at museums and on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Waterproof site maps will be produced for divers touring the wreck.

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