The top of the Lucerne's bow is 15 feet below the water's surface. The ship's hull is remarkably intact, with the bow and starboard midships preserved up to the deck level. Much of the hull has settled into the sand bottom, and the ship's iron cargo remains scattered around the wreck. Part of the forecastle deck is intact, including the Lucerne's windlass and capstan , beneath which is the chain locker . The stern is intact up to the top of the sternpost and transom , but the rudder and steering gear are missing. According to eyewitnesses, the upper stern and cabin floated ashore soon after the Lucerne's demise. The vessel's spars are gone; they were probably salvaged soon after the wreck or were carried away by ice. The midships area is filled primarily with iron ore, which has buried part of the port -side frametops . The centerboard trunk and many of the hold stanchions remain in an upright position, and the centerboard can still be seen inside the trunk. Reportedly, the centerboard winch was taken by sport divers in the 1970s. The deck is gone, except for the small section of foredeck. Deck beams and fallen stanchions lie in the hold on top of the ore. On the starboard side, a shelf and row of hanging knees mark the former upper deck. A number of dead trees and stumps are in the hold and tangled about the wreck. As the only feature on a sand bottom, the Lucerne wreck is a trap for driftwood and dead trees that wash out from nearby Long Island.