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Old 09-08-2018, 02:47 PM   #1
Eric S
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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Indian Harbour Beach, FL
Age: 58
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Melbourne Dive Boat Wreck

Good Day to All! Iíve been a long time follower of this site but not posted in quite some time. Iím hoping to tap into some knowledge from the past. A very long story short, Iíve been working for the past 5 years with a group that has located a shipwreck off Melbourne, Florida. It is in State waters and we have a valid 1A-31 permit amended to allow dig and identify. Initially this wreck appeared to be very old as there were heavy wood timbers with iron fasteners. There was also modern wreckage distributed in the wreck site.

We spent 4 days on site this past August and were able to determine with certainty that the newer materials were indeed connected to the heavy wood timbers. In other words, it appears that someone had refitted an old hull (likely a sailing vessel) with more modern equipment. This equipment includes two 4 cylinder gasoline engines connected to marine gears with brass propeller shafts. The wreck appears to be complete but is badly broken up and tangled in at least 3 trawl nets.

We believe this vessel sank suddenly and unexpectedly and was not salvaged as we found a lot of equipment that would have been valuable prior to sinking. Most notable was at least two complete sets of vintage SCUBA gear and tanks as well as tools and other equipment. We also located an identification credential issued in August, 1965, to a person named ďR. HallĒ. Everything else we saw was consistent with a vessel that sank in the middle to late 1960s. I posted a similar thread on TreasureNet but also posting here as we found period spear fishing gear aboard.

I have talked to a number of people and agencies and at this point exhausted all the resources I have in identifying this wreck. I believe there is a story to be finished and Iím hoping that the information Iíve shared here will bring back some memories. Please feel free to private message me if you can help shed any light on this story. Thank You!
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