Georgia ‘s Over One Thousand Buried Historical Shipwrecks

The more you learn about Georgia’s coastline, the more you want to learn – just between the years 1738 and 1890, 1,200 shipwrecks were chronicled off the coast of Georgia. ?However, unlike our neighbors who have a budget for it and create maritime museums and bring in a lot of tourist revenue from them, Georgia due to lack of funds continues to literally re-bury any significant finds.

Buried by sand, Georgia’s maritime history remains largely unknown

“Sloops ferried rice and cotton from coastal plantations to port towns. Georgia is blessed, or cursed, with a hundred-mile coastline and 2,344 miles of shoreline wending in and around inlets and islands…”

Look at the Georgia coastline from this 1827 map – for centuries the main population of Georgia lived within 50 miles of the coast – that’s how important our seaports were. ?Most of our historical shipwrecks are near the mouths of Georgia’s harbors, as ships attempted to run in to harbor to escape storms.

Georgia. / (DeSilver, Robert) / 1827

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“Georgia. / (DeSilver, Robert) / 1827 Georgia. / (DeSilver, Robert) / 1827”

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These guys are fishing off the coast of Georgia where the shoreline has changed so much over the years that many of Georgia’s one thousand buried historical shipwrecks are now on dry land.

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“A Day of exploring and fishing the Georgia Coastline.”

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Just get these wrecks, just so poetic by the names of the vessels themselves: USS Water Witch commandeered by Confederate troops in Savannah; the Rattlesnake blockade runner sunk by Union forces on the Ogeechee River!

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