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Bronze markers tell a tale of ships lost in Biscayne National Park

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February 2015 – Five of the six shipwrecks that make up the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park are now remembered with bronze markers placed at the site of the wreck.

The submerged markers identify each wreck for divers and snorkelers and describe how each ship came to be lost. To place the markers, the park mounted each 2′ x 2′ plaque on a limestone boulder and then dropped it at the wreck site using a barge and crane. The project was funded by the SFNPT with a grant from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

Markers are now in place for the Mandalay, Alicia, Lugano, Erl King and 19th century Wooden Sailing Vessel. A sixth marker will be placed at the Arratoon Apcar in coming months.

Look for them the next time you’re in the park and follow this link to learn more about the Maritime Heritage Trail: http://www.nps.gov/bisc/learn/historyculture/maritime-heritage-trail.htm

 

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