Friday, November 26, 2004

Sunken Treasures

Northeast Florida's shoreline (frequently referred to as Florida's First Coast) is filled with history. Some, like Spain's settlement of St. Augustine, is chronicled and easily accessible today.

Others are there, too, but much harder if not impossible to find, until revealed by this season's hurricanes.



Blogger Norma said...

I understand the reasons for not disturbing human graves, but don't see the value in letting these return to under-the-sand or rocky graves. Seems they would be more valuable dug out, preserved for future generations to learn from, and then leave the site marked. What am I missing?

2:36 PM  
Blogger doyle said...

If and when these wrecks are deemed more important than the far older ones already catalogued that are being studied and the funds are available, they'll still be there for examination.

They won't be if scavengers get them. If what's left of the ships is covered by sand again, the fly-by-night "treasure hunters" won't know where they are.

As for preservation? Because specifics about each were so quickly and easily identified, I suspect neither was particularly unique.

4:30 PM  

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