Monday, July 04, 2005


Old Spanish schooner found off Panhandle beach


Fox 35 News
July 03, 2005

SEAGROVE BEACH, Fla. -- State wildlife officials say they have found the remains of an old Spanish schooner offshore of Seagrove Beach in Florida's Panhandle.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers discovered the wreckage last week after getting a call from someone who had spotted it. They called in Cheryl Ward, a maritime archaeologist with Florida State University.

Ward visited the wreckage this week and plans to consult with state underwater archaeologists to study it more.

Ward says Tropical Storm Arlene likely unearthed the vessel, which can be seen from the shore only during low tide.

She says the schooner is about 60 feet long by 18 feet wide, dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s and likely acted as a trade vessel carrying lumber, shellfish and other goods. Ward says the schooner holds no treasure except in its historical significance.


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