Divers and snorkelers can tour six shipwrecks on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park. In 1905, a steamer named Alicia ran aground on Long Reef. Alicia's cargo was valued at well over one million dollars. It included such fine items as silks, wines, ales, pianos, shoes, and even a complete iron bridge! Wreckers immediately went to work to salvage the expensive cargo. Crews of wreckers from Key West and the Bahamas nearly came to blows over who would have rights to salvage the vessel.
Produced in 2013 by the National Park Service
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A Brief Timeline of Florida History (Florida Department of State)
History of Florida (Wikipedia)
Maritime Heritage Trail, Biscayne National Park (National Park Service)