Individual to be memorialized: Edward G Maliszewski
Nominating Club: Shore Aquatic Club
Reason individual is being named:
Ed was a true pioneer in the dive industry. After serving in the
Navy for five years during the Korean War, he became interested in the
then infant sport while in California before hopping on his Harley,
returning home to New Jersey after discharge.
Getting outfitted and filling tanks was a challenge in those
days. Ultimately he worked with Parkway Fabricators, helping to
design and improve wet suits by trying them out at depth.
Ed was one of the first to explore New York and New Jersey shipwrecks,
often being first on the scene. Catching lobsters and sea life
soon paled in comparison to finding and collecting artifacts.
Along with hunting and gardening, this was his passion.
As a commercial fisherman, Ed had the equipment and knowhow to find
wrecks. He began informally chartering, originally taking friends
out on his first boat, the Nancy J, and eventually on the much larger
dragger, the Faye Joan.
Because of his interest in artifacts and shipwreck history, he attended
early symposiums, poured through books and articles, and visited
museums. He gladly made his collection available to the public by
displaying in Philadelphia, Trenton, Hillsborough, Manasquan, Port
Monmouth, and Toms River venues. Many of his donated artifacts
can be viewed at the New Jersey Historical Shipwreck Museum in Wall,
Date Submitted: November 19, 2008