Wednesday, May 1, 2013

5/1/13 Report - Spanish Galleon Andalucia, Fort Jupiter & The British Period in Florida

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Spanish Galleon Replica Visiting Port Canaveral
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Have you ever wanted to see a Spanish galleon?  Now is your chance.

The Galeón Andalucía, a replica 17th century Spanish galleon, is now at Port Canaveral where visitors can take an up-close look for the next week.

It is 162 feet long, has a crew of 22 and 12 cast-iron cannons.

For more of the story and a video use the following

Thanks to Terry T. for sending this link.

Do you know where Fort Jupiter was?  You'll find out if you read this little history of Jupiter.

The Jupiter Inlet was shown on a 1671 map, but it wasn't where it is today.  If you've been reading this blog very long, you probably know it wasn't always where it is today.  It was several hundred yards south of the current inlet.

For more information on the history of Jupiter, here is another link.

Not too long ago I talked about a couple of the Spanish salvage camps, and also what was thought to be a British salvage camp.  Then I received word that the Spanish salvage camp might have actually been a camp for British surveyors.

Ron J. sent me a link to an article where you can learn more about the British period in Florida, including British surveying parties.

When the British gained control of Florida, the Spanish had depopulated the area and laid waste to anything they could, and so with thoughts of repopulating Florida, ...King George III ordered a general survey to be made of the Florida coasts...

The best description of South Florida during the British Period comes from the pen of the surveyors. The first to arrive was William Gerald DeBrahm, who was appointed Surveyor General of East Florida in 1764. In early 1765, DeBrahm began a six-year survey of the eastern coast of the United States, including the area around Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. In DeBrahm's 1770 map, based on his 1765 survey, he named the Miami River the Garbrand River and Biscayne Bay, Sandwich Gulf...

A short time after DeBrahm's visit to South Florida, another surveyor, Bernard Romans, also explored the area. In 1775, Romans published a book to accompany his map of Florida called A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida.

Here is the link if you want to read more about the British period in Florida.

Thanks to Ron J. for sending me this link.

On the Treasure Coast the surf is around 3 - 5 feet today.  It will stay about the size, with a little variation, for the next several days.

The wind will be mostly out the east.

The tide changes are getting smaller.

I'm hoping for a good low low tide sometime after this surf slackens.

Happy hunting,