Sindia was one of the first buildings in Ocean City. Named after a ship that ran aground on the 17th Street beach. Sindia has seen many changes over its 100 year old history.
On December 15, 1901, the 329-foot, four-masted barque �The Sindia� ran aground on the beach in Ocean City during a storm. The ship was en route from Kobe, Japan to New York City. The ship's 33 crew members were rescued, and much of its cargo salvaged before the ship settled deeper and deeper into the sand and eventually disappeared.
The Sindia was built in 1887 in Belfast, Ireland. She was owned by the Anglo-American Oil Company, a division of the Standard Oil Company. According to reports, the ship's manifest indicated it was carrying 3,315 crates of china, 2,900 cans of camphor oil, and 24,747 rolls of silk matting. Local legend, however, says that the ship may have also carried smuggled contraband, picked up on a stop in Shanghai. The records of the ship show the loading of 200 cases of "manganese ore" on this stop, and legend suggests that these cases may really have contained stolen Chinese art and even "golden Buddhas". Stories abound that the treasure is still there buried beneath the sand.
Various investors and salvage groups have proposed dredging and excavating the remains of the vessel. The remains are beneath the sand on the beach at 17th Street.