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    SW Florida Schooner Wreck?

    I know the general location of a sunk schooner on the west coast of Florida. First found mention of it while researching at the archives in DC. I am not aware if mag work was done in the area in the past or do not know if any salvage work occured in the same area. The wreck was connected to an event that occured on shore. I searched the shore area intermittently over a 30-year period. Fourteen years ago, I found the location of the event that occured on shore, thus giving me the general location of the wreck offshore. I don't believe the area of the wreck is too deep. However, visibility may be questionable due to the nutrients that wash into the ocean from the nearby mangroves and everglades. My future plans are to go back to the site and rig an underwater video camera to serve as my eyes. I have never seen anyone swim or dive in the area before but have heard the currents can get strong. Does anyone have a list of SW Fla. Wrecks. If you do, this one is probably on it.

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    I explored an old Schooner wreck in the vicinity of Bonita Beach several years ago. It was a mag target I was investigating with another group. Jim Whitaker did the survey for Historic Maritime Survey, the owner was the late Mark Fleckenstien. Mad4Wrecks might have the data from that survey, I never got a copy of it but he may have. He wasn't on the boat the day we found the schooner, nor was our archaeologist. I have some horrible video of the wreck somewhere, will see if i can locate it.
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    I was going to recommend he contact you Jason. I knew you looked at that wreck. I remember the video and it looked pretty whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaFinder View Post
    I explored an old Schooner wreck in the vicinity of Bonita Beach several years ago. It was a mag target I was investigating with another group. Jim Whitaker did the survey for Historic Maritime Survey, the owner was the late Mark Fleckenstien. Mad4Wrecks might have the data from that survey, I never got a copy of it but he may have. He wasn't on the boat the day we foun,d the schooner, nor was our archaeologist. I have some horrible video of the wreck somewhere, will see if i can locate it.
    The wreck you describe is not the one I am researching, but thanks for bringing it to my attention. Still wondering if a shipwreck list exists for SW Florida and can be made available on this forum.

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    Jason, I recently gave all the Bonita Springs mag data to very deserving mutual friends of ours. I wish them success. We did dive on that schooner wreck at a later date and I remember Westrick finding a large, copper pot that we left behind. Wish I had the exact coordinates for it. I am sure it is one of the mag hits listed. Tom
    Last edited by mad4wrecks; Mar 02, 2013 at 07:13 PM.

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    Glad to hear that Tom. I found my pics and video from that project...the video was horrible, but the pic of you holding up the "Professional Shipwreck Buoy System" is my favorite. These should bring back some memories, sorry to hijack your thread SD. I'll post the video of that wreck in a few.
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    Here is one of the videos (these were the first vids with a new camera, and they suck). Tom, we actually found two schooners over there:

    This wreck you and I dove July 22-24, 2007. The other video I was thinking about is a completely different wreck, it had 3 masts laying across it and a modern generator had been dumped right onto the wreckage. Jeff and I dove it September 25th 2007. I think it was further south near Marco Island.

    Sorry about the squeaky regulator in the video, that started on the first dive that day and it was difficult to breathe through all day...not to mention annoying. :-)

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    Here is a clip of the other wreck, this one south of Naples near Marco Island I think. Southern Digger, I think Rob Westrick will give us a list of Southwest Florida wrecksites if we ask him real nice. :-)


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    Nice post/nice videos. Appears both wrecks were shallow (less than 40-ft depth). SD

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    Yep, first one was about 25 feet deep and the 2nd was 15-20, sorry my info didn't help. Good luck!

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    Nice videos
    I got pretty seasick watching the second one..
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    Hey
    On the second video Jason, At minute marker 3:22
    Was that Pete's (Salvor6) mask?
    Just checking

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    Nah, that Greek dude Quadra was diving with us, I think he is G.I.B.'s buddy.

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    O.K. guys knock it off. I'm gonna call G.I.B. tomorrow and schedule a time to meet at O Malleys for a beer and get my mask back.

 

 
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