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Looking For Possibilities 1 year 8 months ago #11588

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A medallion, wine bottles, and a few other trinkets over a period of about 20 years, all dating 1765 to around 1800. All of these items came from the same small stretch of beach between Ponce Inlet and Bethune Beach. (Don't want to be too specific yet.) What I'm looking for are any known wrecks along this stretch of coast that would fall within the period relating to the mentioned items. Any references would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Looking For Possibilities 1 year 8 months ago #11591

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Hello Bigscoop

Just a question for an old island happy pirate in Micronesia: Is Ponce inlet the same as Ponce de leon inlet?

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Re: Looking For Possibilities 1 year 8 months ago #11592

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Yep. That's who it was named after.
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Re: Looking For Possibilities 1 year 8 months ago #11602

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Hello Bigscoop

It appears many shpwrecks in your search area.

The following book "Shipwrecks of Florida" by Steven D Singer 2nd Edition, has a fairly comprehensive listing of shipwrecks.

Here are a few examples.

"Luella" lost off the mouth of Ponce de Leon inlet in 1860. vessel type unknown.

"Martha" Sloop wreck off Ponce de Leon Inlet in 1860. drifted onto south beach some of its cargo of salted mullet recovered. 2 lives lost.

"Frank E Stone" schooner Captain Charles Fozzard or Fossard. Captsized getting over the bat at Ponce De Leon inlet. 3 lives lost.

Unknown priviteer wrecked at New Symara beach 1779. 50 crewmen captured and taken to San Augustine.

A spanish Brigintine La Esclavitiud may 3rd 1786 went missing between cape Canaveral and San Augustine in a storm. carried 40000 silver pesos for the garrison at San Augstine.

The book states before 1920 Ponce de leon Inlet was called Mosquito Inlet. The book gives various source references.

I hope that is of some help.

Happy hunting

Kanacki
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Re: Looking For Possibilities 1 year 7 months ago #11614

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Thanks Kanacki! Going to go search for a copy of that book now.
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Re: Looking For Possibilities 1 year 6 months ago #12386

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There are around 10 wrecks from bethune to ponce inlet.Some have treasure others do not.The hard pan is over 50 feet down in the sand.The water is murky and there are lots of sharks.I know a few people that have had state leases along that coast and gave up on them due to the above reasons.Best is to keep hunting the beaches to find stuff after storms.Anything out in the water is a waste of time.
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