Beach erosion from Tropical Storm Eta unearths shipwreck from 1800s

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 23rd, 2020 12:09 pm

Facebook / Fort Matanzas National Monument

Last Updated Dec 14th, 2020 at 3:47 pm

Beach erosion in Florida caused by Tropical Storm Eta revealed a shipwreck dating back to the 1800s, according to a release from the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program.

A beachgoer came across the wreck while walking along the shore. Researchers documenting the find believe the wreckage is from Caroline Eddy, an American merchant ship.

"Everything we've seen on it so far fits that hypothesis; wooden planking, wood timbers, iron fasteners," said Chuck Meide, director of the maritime program. "They look quite similar to other ships from the 1800s that we have seen."

The Caroline Eddy sailed into a hurricane in August 1880 while transporting lumber from Fernandina to New York, according to the National Park Service. Her crew survived by clinging to rigging for two days and a night.

Although research is just beginning, Meide said there is evidence to support that the wreckage is Caroline Eddy.

"We haven't found any other candidates as strong as Caroline Eddy," he said.


There are 18 comments on this article.

You must become a subscriber or login to view or post comments on this article.