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.