Shipwreck Uncovered near Ft. Morgan

Shipwreck Uncovered near Ft. Morgan

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For the last couple of weeks a new attraction on the Fort Morgan peninsula that's grabbing the attention and the imagination of history buffs like Harry Davis. "The confederate navy reports a schooner was grounded here on the bar about a mile from Fort Morgan." He's making his second visit to the wreck, documenting and photographing all he can. "The beam here was way out and you could see it distinctly."

The sand and surf have started to reclaim the wreckage but not before Davis says he found out what he believes is its confederate past. "When it ran aground, it was abandoned and three northern ships took it out, blew it up and set afire."

Sounds pretty good especially with this wreck being just a mile from the fort. Unfortunately, senior historian Mike Bailey has already solved this latest mystery. "It's not unusual to find them and the wreck that we have here is probably a turn of the century barge."

It is one of almost 300 documented wrecks around Mobile Bay. Bailey understands the attraction. "It's the mystique. The story of a shipwreck that grabs people and just brings them to the wreck."

This isn't the first time this particular wreck has been uncovered and Bailey says, it won't be the last. "It will cover, and then the next time we have a storm it will come back again."

When you talk about shipwrecks on Fort Morgan, most people think of the Rachel but that is about six miles away from this wreck.

Archaeologists who took a look at it a couple of years ago determined it was most likely a turn of the century barge because of the way it was built, the material that was used and the way the timber was cut.


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