Re: Jeff K or anyone, I have some questions about a Florida treasure
August 20, 2002 at 16:56:17
In Reply to: Re: Jeff K or anyone, I have some questions about a Florida treasure
posted by Jeff K on August 16, 2002 at 00:24:33

An excellent example of changing beaches can be found reading the translation of the Padre Island wreck survivors as the 300 castaways made their way south in the 1550s. In those days, "Padre Island" was a series of small islands. They had to cross the stretches of water between. By the 1800s it was one long continous island with tall sand dunes. Then in the 1900s the Mansfield cut was made breaking this long stretch. The hurricane in the late 1980s washed away many of the huge sand dunes, exposing some interesting items, including a ship hull that had been hidden for well over 100 years. It was estimated to have been from the 1700s, as it was assembled with wooden pegs and brass spikes.
In the early 1970s, currents along Galveston Island changed and made some huge cuts through their dunes. The frantic officials dumped everything in the cuts in an attempt to stem the action, including dozens of automobiles and huge concrete blocks.
So the question as to exactly where the beach was hundreds of years ago, has no easy answer!


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