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May 7, 2014

News of the Deliverance shipwreck from far and wide!

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMPosts

LAMP archaeologists and volunteers mapping the shipwreck at Mickler's Landing at Ponte Vedra Beach. Our work and follow-up detective sleuthing lead to its identification as the Bermuda schooner Deliverance, lost in December 1947.

You have probably already read about the Mickler's Landing Wreck, which we recently identified as the Bermuda schooner Deliverance after a brief investigation on the second day of January earlier this year. We wrote about it here and here. Since that time there were a lot of media stories, which haven't all been listed on the blog, so I've got them all with links below the fold. The best article is the most recent, from the 19 April edition of Bermuda's newspaper the Royal Gazette . . .

. . . the remains of the ship have been reasonably firmly identified as the one owned by William Blackburn Smith, of Bailey’s Bay, that struck the rocks of the town of Ponte Vedra in the early hours of 13 December 1947, very stormy conditions having prevailed for sometime prior to its demise.

Demise was not in the heavens for its human compliment, so that all ten members of the crew and the captain were ‘delivered’ from the Deliverance. “Deliverance” is a very emotive and powerful word, especially in senses given in the Bible.

It has a special place and meaning in Bermuda history, as it was the name of one of the two vessels that delivered the Bermuda-stranded souls of the Sea Venture (wrecked 1609) to Jamestown, Virginia, in May 1610.

One of the strongest senses of the word is to rescue, or deliver, people from a dangerous and unpleasant situation, and that is its sense for the men of that other Deliverance on that cold, midwinter day in late 1947, as they waited beleaguered in rain, wind and heavy waves, but in sight of salvation on that Florida strand.

While we also had a ferry boat by the same name, it is likely that the 1947 Deliverance was the last Bermuda vessel of that name to work in the carrying trade, in that instance taking 100 tons of scrap metal for sale in Florida.

You may well ask where that amount of junk iron came from in tiny Bermuda of the day, but it is possible that it included old cannon and other artillery parts from our historic forts, as word has it that an operator from Florida was in Bermuda after the Second World War (1939-45) to carry out such a business.

At present, there is no known account of what happened to the cargo of the Deliverance, but as the vessel was driven onto the beach after its encounter with offshore rocks, it was likely stripped on the shore.

Read more below, and check out all of the other stories that have made local, regional, national, and international news!

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May 2, 2014

Update to The Controversy of Fort Caroline: A Timeline of Media Events

Posted by: Chuck Meide in

There's a technical problem so I can't update my post "The Controversy of Fort Caroline," so I'm having to create a separate blog post. Hopefully this will be temporary as I wanted to put all updates about the Fort Caroline controversy in one place.

Another newspaper article came out in the Florida Times-Union, about another proposed location for Fort Caroline. This time the folks speculating tell us its on the St. Mary's River:

Archeologists Fred Cook of Brunswick and Bill Weeks, the Brunswick city manager, laid the foundation for their theory Fort Carolina that was located on a bend in the St. Marys river upstream from the city of St. Marys. That’s about 45 miles south from a site on the Altamaha River in McIntosh County that Florida State University scholars announced in February.

Cook and Weeks came to the same conclusion from differing research materials. Cook analyzed old maps, and Weeks interpreted historical writings.

I should also point out just for accuracy's sake that Fletcher and Crowe, the researchers who have proposed Fort Caroline is in Georgia, are not "Florida State University scholars." They made the announcement there and one of them got his degree there, but they are not associated with FSU.

More to read below the fold . . .

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