Location: Florida, USA        Length: 5 min.

Divers and snorkelers can tour six shipwrecks on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park.  The British steamer Lugano ran aground in a storm in 1913.  Lugano was passing through the waters of Biscayne National Park on her way from Liverpool, England to Havana, Cuba.  She carried 116 passengers, as well as a cargo of expensive silks and fine wines.  The value of the cargo was estimated to be well over one million dollars.  It was during foul weather that her captain lost his way and ran his 350 foot cargo ship aground on Long Reef.

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Biscayne National Park (National Geographic)

A Brief Timeline of Florida History (Florida Department of State)

Florida Public Archaeology Network

History of Florida (Wikipedia)

Maritime Heritage Trail, Biscayne National Park (National Park Service)