Sea History 138 - Spring 2012

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faster than the men could pump it out. When the steamer went down, it sank too fast for all hands to escape; several remai ned trapped below decks. Only 18 of the 3 1 people on board made it through the ordeal alive. Captain Barrow was not among the survivors, but the story lives on in local lore. As a peninsula, Florida has long been influenced by the waters surrounding it. Poignant tales of adversity and adventure-of mariners braving the elements-pique the public's interest and provide an excellent starting point to share the state's history and

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arc haeology. Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserves keep these stories alive, preserving our history through the shipwrecks that lie just offshore, waiting to tell their story of what they are doing there and who sailed them . Florida h as hundreds of sh ipwrecks that could becom e candidates for preserves. A public nomination is the first step in the process. Pre- Remains of the C ity of Hawkinsville's serves must meet the stern paddlewheel are easily recognizable following criteria: they on this preserve in the Suwannee River. should be in state waters, be accessible to the public, be safe for diving, have recognizable features, and be home to sea life. If yo u have a suggestion for a site that meets these criteria, please visit our website and download a nomination form at www.flh eritage. com/ archaeology/ underwater/ docs/questionnaire. pdf 1,.

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For more information on Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserves, visit them online at or contact Franklin H Price, Senior Archaeologist, B. Calvin Jones Center for Archaeology, 1001 DeSoto Park Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301; email:

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