LAMP staff and volunteers documented a beached shipwreck on 2 January 2014, our first shipwreck project of the new year!
On New Year's Day LAMP got a call from First Coast News reporter Jessica Clark. She had been contacted by a local Ponte Vedra Beach resident, Sharon Caruso, about a shipwreck exposed on the beach.
A significant patch of wreckage was exposed in the surf which had been previously buried in the sand. At low tide the outline of a ship could be seen pretty clearly. First Coast News ran a story on the wreck that day:
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Carol Caruso likes to walk on Ponte Vedra Beach, but she hadn't been out in a few weeks. When she walked along the shore Tuesday, she saw something big.
With her hands held out wide, she said, "This is what I found at low tide!"
It appears to be the skeleton of a ship, right where the waves hit the beach.
"I've been looking at it for two years," Caruso explained but she's never seen so much of it coming out of the sand.
"Generally it's just that point, literally that point sticking up and that's it. So I thought this had to be something special," she beamed.
The ribs of the ship appear to be jutting out from the beach above the waves.
. . . Archaeologists with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (or L.A.M.P.) in St. Augustine have been out to the site before, studying it. However, after seeing pictures of the ship Wednesday, archaeologist Brenden Burke said he and the L.A.M.P. team have never seen so much of the ship exposed.
Burke explained that parts of the ship have been revealed three times in the last six years.
The very next day, LAMP sprung into action, and a group of archaeologists, students, and volunteers assembled on the beach at the start of low tide to document the newly exposed portions of the wreck.