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January 23, 2013

Newly Discovered Shipwreck on Cumberland Island

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMPosts


The remains of a wrecked wooden ship, or a section of a wrecked vessel, were recently discovered on Cumberland Island, a barrier island north of St. Augustine on the Georgia coastline. Cumberland Island National Seashore is within the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and therefore National Park Service archaeologists from the Southeastern Archaeological Center will be investigating this interesting find. It is reminiscent of ship remains that have been found on the beach here in our area, includingthe Blowhole Wreck, the Ponte Vedra Beach Wreck, and the Vilano Beach Rudder and Chainplate sites.

From News4Jax.com:

ST. MARYS, Ga. - Cumberland Island National Seashore on Tuesday announced the discovery of a previously undocumented shipwreck located within the boundaries of the seashore.

The wreck, first discovered by Cumberland Island National Seashore maintenance staff, was uncovered during a period of unusually high tides and surf. This is the first documented shipwreck found along the shoreline since the park became a part of the National Park system in 1972.

The park's Resource Management staff made an initial assessment and National Park Service Archaeologists based at the Southeast Archaeological Center in Tallahassee, Fla., conducted excavations last week.

Read the entire article here.