- Jul 18, 2009
- Detector(s) used
- Mine lab, Garrett, Bounty Hunter,
Not treasure yet but more story and photos at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-exposed-florida-coast-could-be-200-years-old-180976351/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20201119-daily-responsive&spMailingID=43945578&spUserID=NzQwNDUzMjc5OTES1&spJobID=1881605073&spReportId=MTg4MTYwNTA3MwS2
As Jessica Clark reports for First Coast News, local Mark O’Donoghue was walking on Crescent Beach in St. John’s County on Saturday, as he does almost every day, when he saw “some timbers and metal spikes” sticking up through the sand.
O’Donoghue reached out to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), which sent researchers to investigate. After assessing the site, the team determined that they’d stumbled onto the wreckage of a vessel that likely ran aground on Florida’s northeast coast during the 19th century, when Crescent Beach looked decidedly different.
“The sand dune wasn’t here when the ship wrecked,” archaeologist Chuck Meide tells First Coast News. “We know topography and the landscape of a coast changes a lot."
He speculates that a storm eventually pushed the shipwreck far up on the beach, where sand formed around it.