On November 13, 1854, the New Era, a three-masted square-rigged commercial ship, was blown onto the shoals of Deal Beach in heavy weather. Efforts from nearby boats and Life-Saving Stations prooved futile, with crew members saving themselves and abandoning passengers. Of the 415 who had embarked from Bremen, 132 survived, 240 drowned, and 43 died of cholera or injury before the ship reached America.
Source: Entertaining a Nation: The Career of Long Branch. (1940). The Writers’ Project, Works Projects Administration, State of New Jersey. The Jersey Printing Co., Bayonne, N.J., pp. 33-37.