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HMS Fowey Lost and FoundBeing the Discovery, Excavation, and Identification of a British Man-of-War Lost
off the Cape of Florida in 1748$
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Russell K. Skowronek

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033204

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033204.001.0001

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They Didn't Listen

(p.165) 11 Epilogue
HMS Fowey Lost and Found

Russell K. Skowronek

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the lessons that can be learned from legal and conservation issues surrounding the HMS Fowey shipwreck found at Legare Anchorage. It discusses the parallels between the exoneration of Francis William Drake for the loss of HMS Fowey and the victory of George Fischer and the National Park Service in court. It also highlights the importance of the work of archaeologists in the preservation of historic shipwrecks and stresses that the days of defending the notion of “finders keepers” and “seat of the pants” archaeology are long gone.

Keywords:   HMS Fowey, shipwreck, Francis William Drake, George Fischer, National Park Service, archaeologists, preservation, conservation

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