Divers and snorkelers can tour six shipwrecks on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park. In 1878, a coal-laden steamer, the Arratoon Apcar ran aground near the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, which was still under construction. Attempts by the construction workers to signal the ship went unnoticed and the men watched in fear as she crashed into the reef only a few hundred yards away. Today, the coral-encrusted lower hull and iron beams of the vessel are visible. The ship’s remains now are a haven for fish and marine life.
Produced in 2013 by the National Park Service
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Biscayne National Park (National Geographic)
A Brief Timeline of Florida History (Florida Department of State)
History of Florida (Wikipedia)
Maritime Heritage Trail, Biscayne National Park (National Park Service)
SS Arratton Apcar (Wikipedia)