Florida Shipwrecks: Fishing for History

by Florida Sportsman • October 31, 2011

Thousands of of wrecks, thousands of fishing spots and countless fascinating tales.

By Michael C. Barnette
Originally published June 2006.

Wreck ashore!”

In the past, those words were commonly heard along Florida’s shores. Numerous vessels met their fate off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, either by weather, war or chance.

Tales of local maritime tragedy have frequently emblazoned newspaper headlines since the early 1800s. While shipwrecks often resulted in emotional and economic loss, they also presented an opportunity to some in Florida, spawning an entire industry of those seeking to salvage vessels and cargo in peril. And just as the wrecking fleet in the Florida Keys benefited from a steady stream of unfortunate maritime incidents, fishermen and divers today also reap a shipwreck’s bounty.

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