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HMS Fowey Lost and Found: Being the Discovery, Excavation, and Identification of a British Man-of-War Lost off the Cape of Florida in 1748

Russell K. Skowronek

Abstract

Sunken treasure may seem like the stuff of legends and movies, but the seas still hold prizes to be found. HMS Fowey was a small ship, carrying 44 guns and over 200 men, captained by a descendant of Sir Francis Drake's brother. It had scored victories over French and Spanish ships in battle, but in 1748 was done in by a reef in what is now Biscayne National Park. In 1978, an underwater treasure hunter came upon a shipwreck in the park and began to search for treasure. Eventually, after years of precedent-setting legal wrangling, the National Park Service asserted ownership of the wreckage and ... More

Keywords: treasure, HMS Fowey, reef, Biscayne National Park, shipwreck, court martial, artifact, archaeologists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033204
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033204.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell K. Skowronek, author
Santa Clara University