The Florida Maritime Chronicle

THE KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES Part II

THE KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES Part II

The day before, wrecker Charles M. Johnson, 52, had seen the Hercules.  According to his crewmember, Herman Rich, Johnson told the men and his son, John W. Johnson, “that brig thinks she is going fast through the water, but she will find herself mistaken.  I think she will be ashore before tomorrow morning – we […]

THE KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES

THE KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES

       The ship, Hercules, Capt. Walter Seaman, left New York in September, 1825, bound to Mobile with a crew of 9.  The cargo was assorted merchandise:  tools, clothing, crockery, etc.  It was valued at $ 180,000 (in 1825 dollars), insured for $ 154,000 and the ship was insured for $ 8,000.  Within a few days […]

KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES

KEY WEST BUBBAS AND THE GROUNDING OF HERCULES

Early Wrecking By Gail Swanson In 1994 Nancy Jameson, then Director of the Oldest House/Wreckers’ Museum in Key West asked me to let her know if I ever came across information on a Charles M. Johnson, arrested for his wrecking practices, according to a brief  newspaper article she had found.  Johnson was the father-in-law of […]

U.S. Maritime Services Training Center 1939-1950 St. Petersburg, Florida

  The Unites States Maritime Services Training Center at Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg, Florida opened as an active training center for the Merchant Marine in 1941 and was one of the largest training facilities along the southern coast of the United States. Over twenty thousand cadets as young as 17½ arrived in St, Petersburg […]

MARINELAND OF FLORIDA

MARINELAND OF FLORIDA

Marine Studios of Florida | Established 1938 Industrialist family descendants such as W. Douglas Burden (the great-great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt), Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (cousin of W. Douglas Burden), Sherman Pratt (a descendent of a partner of Standard Oil), and Ilia Tolstoy (grandson of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy) built the world’s first Oceanarium and the first underwater […]

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DIVING IN FLORIDA

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DIVING IN FLORIDA

By Carrie Caignet After discovering pearl oyster beds in the Caribbean area of the Atlantic Ocean, Spanish explorers routinely enslaved native divers and make them retrieve pearls from the ocean floor. The Spaniards also forced many of their African slaves to learn to dive in the pearl fisheries.  The 1622, 1715 and 1733 Spanish fleets were […]

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