The Florida Maritime Chronicle

Building a Diving Helmet | Popular Mechanics, 1933

What’s In a Name? Hawk Channel

The territory of Florida was held by the Kingdom of Great Britain from 1763-1783.   Florida was a territory of Great Britain through out the American Revolutionary War.  It was during this time that Florida was divided into East and West Florida.  West Florida expanded its boundary into the lower third if modern-day Alabama and Mississippi. […]

1775 Log of the British Warship H.M.S. St. John

“August 14, 1775 Fresh gales and cloudy.  Came up and spoke with four wreckers belonging to New Providence. Came to anchor at Key Tavernier with the small bower [anchor] in 3 fathom water.  Ditto Key W by S 2 miles as  also the wreckers.  At ½ past 6 weighed and came to sail going through […]

1979 Discovering Deep-Water Wrecks off Key Largo

Excerpts from Miami Herald articles, “Key Largo Surveyors: New Reef” by Barry Schatz and “Scientist Submerged in Search for Reef” by Anne Wilder: April 3, 1979, “Scientists taking a survey off Key Largo last week confirmed the existence of a deep-water reef that may hold organisms and sunken treasures so far unknown to the area. […]

PILOTS AND PILOTING ON TAMPA BAY V

PILOTS AND PILOTING ON TAMPA BAY V

[cleeng_content id=”900299457″ description=”Part V” price=”0.24″] As the Tampa Bay Pilots grew in size, and perhaps for other reasons, its members decided to establish their own office. Accordingly, in the latter part of 1922 or early 1923, they employed Charles M. Moore, son of the former light keeper of Egmont Key lighthouse He opened their office […]

CAPTURED SLAVER OFF INDIAN KEY-1860

CAPTURED SLAVER OFF INDIAN KEY-1860

In 1859, U.S. Government ships were ordered to enforce the laws against the slave trade.  In that campaign, three ships with 1,432 enslaved Africans aboard were brought into Key West in May 1860. Imagine the day Indian Key’s tiny population of 13 saw the U.S. sail assisted steamship Mohawk arrive off the island with one […]

PILOTS AND PILOTING ON TAMPA BAY VI

PILOTS AND PILOTING ON TAMPA BAY VI

Each Tampa Bay Pilot, insofar as the performance of his duties as a pilot is concerned, is a free-agent and is answerable only to the Board of Pilot Commissioners and/or the US Coast Guard. He does, however, on all other matters work within the framework of certain rules and regulations, which govern our association. He […]

PILOTS AND PILOTING ON TAMPA BAY VII

PILOTS AND PILOTING ON TAMPA BAY VII

[cleeng_content id=”291566475″ description=”Part VII” price=”0.24″]   Certain physical hazards incidental to piloting are ever-present, tragic proof of which has been provided on numbers of occasions One pilot lost his life by drowning and another was permanently disabled, necessitating his premature retirement. Some months ago another of our members was injured and is still unable to […]

THE KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES Part III

THE KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES Part III

Key West was sold twice in 1821.  Spanish owner Juan Pablo Salas sold it September 21 (recorded in St. Augustine on September 24) to John B. Strong, of that city.  Three months later he sold it again, to John Simonton, and Simonton “took peaceable possession of the said island on the 19th of January, 1822, […]

HORSESHOE REEF COAL BLOCKS

HORSESHOE REEF COAL BLOCKS

Introduction: Denis Trelewicz is a resident of Key Largo and for several years working with Chuck Hayes has photographed wreck sites and coral formations from Fowey Rocks to Long Key (see History Talk, Issue 3, page 41). JW Scattered on the sea bed at Horseshoe Reef off Key Largo are numerous rounded blocks of coal […]

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