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The History of Wrecking and Shipwreck Salvage in the Florida Keys

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

$40 – $50

Florida has always been associated with its amazing beaches and shimmering blue coastlines. However, hidden just beneath the waves lie shark-like reefs that have caused shipwrecks since the discovery of Florida in 1513. By the 19th century, the practice of “wrecking,” or shipwreck salvage, became a regular career for many. Remembered as little more than pirates, these “wreckers” made their livelihood saving wrecked passengers and cargoes from stranded or sunken ships.

Hear the stories of these rugged individuals who risked sailing into storms to search for treasures claimed by the sea. See artifacts, tools, and items from the golden age of wrecking as Feeney, in historical costume, leads this informative and entertaining lecture. A Powerpoint presentation with a demonstration/explanation of original artifacts will enhance this program. Space is limited.


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU, Boca Raton
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, 33431 United States
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