On November 8, 1977, the steamship Alexander Hamilton was battered by a storm and sank at her berth next to the Navy pier in Middletown Township, where her remains are still visible (but off-limits to the public, due to being located within the security region of Naval Station Earle). The ship was a steamer built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation for the Hudson River Day Line in 1924, to transport passengers along the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. She was over 300 feet in length and was built to handle more than 3,000 passengers.
Sources: Associated Press. (November 11, 1977.) Steamship historians seek salvaging of sidewheeler. The Daily Register, Red Bank, N.J., p. 20.
Radel, Dan. (2016). Largely forgotten steamship still at bottom of Navy pier. Asbury Park Press, August 19, 2016. https://www.app.com/story/sports/outdoors/fishing/hook-line-and-sinker/2016/08/19/alexander-hamilton-steamship-wreck-naval-weapons-earle-pier/88939556/