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Plodding up and down the coast with their outstretched arms, the shrimp trawler has become a seaside icon throughout the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Painters, poets, writers, and musicians have recorded shrimp trawlers to feed our nostalgic interest in harvesting the sea, but little has been done to record the history of shrimping, the boats, and the families who built and operated them. St. Augustine doesn’t claim to be the birthplace of modern shrimping, but for much of the 20th century St. Augustine was the shrimp boat capital of the more Deadman's Wreck http:node..1001>

Inconveniently for mere mortals, serendipity is not concerned with time, so twists of fate often pass unknown, witnessed only by the sun, wind, and ripples on the sea. For W. Keith Webb and the team of the shipwreck search and discovery company Blue Water Ventures of Key West, the quest for the famed treasure galleon Santa Margarita begins in 1622. Namesake of the patron saint of homeless people, midwives and reformed prostitutes, Santa Margarita

The waters surrounding Pensacola, Florida, are host to many unique shipwreck sites spanning the last four and a half centuries. One such site is the Brick Wreck

I taught scuba diving at the Y for many years. The classes were always full and I’d have large classes for lecture and pool sessions. There was discipline in diving in those days, and I had five assistant instructors each session to help. It’s not always easy to catch on to a skill the first time, and practice makes perfect. My assistant instructors could drill delinquents while I kept the class moving along. After the class and pool session I treated for more Magic of the Crystal Skull http:node35">Crystal Skull<35">More…

Every year thousands of people gather in Brooksville, Florida, for the Brooksville Raid Civil War Reenactment, but many people are unaware of the Civil War history that exists just ten minutes down the road in Bayport. This small village, located at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River, emerged as a major port for Hernando County in the 1850s, exporting cotton, farm produce, and timber for local pencil factories. During the Civil War, Florida played a crucial role in providing beef and salt to the Confederate more Dan Sedwick: Where Does Sunken Treasure Go? http:node26">Dan Sedwick

The Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research has announced completion of the state’s Underwater Archaeological Preserve website, Museums in the Sea. The site includes detailed, high-resolution images and videos of eleven shipwrecks, along with descriptions and photographs of the biology and marine life found at each wreck. The maritime history of each vessel is presented together with historic photos and artists’ renditions of the ships afloat. Perhaps the most innovative feature of the website is the virtual underwater tour of each more Lofthus Underwater Archaeological Preserve http:node9">