Shipwreck: Discovering Lost Treasures

300 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Shipwreck: Discovering Lost TreasuresHistorical Society of Palm Beach CountyHistorical Society of Palm Beach CountyHistorical Society of Palm Beach CountyHistorical Society of Palm Beach CountyHistorical Society of Palm Beach County
September 5, 2017 to June 30, 2018
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Since its identification by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513, the Gulf Stream current has been utilized by ships as a nautical highway. The current’s proximity to the Florida coast, the often-volatile Atlantic Ocean, and frequent hurricanes all contributed to an abundance of shipping disasters. Through the lens of several wrecks in Palm Beach County between 1660 and 1984, Shipwreck will explore the impact of these nautical disasters on people and places during various historic periods.

Broken vessels held not only gold and jewels, but other treasures—items prized by early pioneers. Decaying hulls later evolved into recreational destinations. Today, abandoned ships repurposed as artificial reefs have become treasure not only for residents and visitors, but also for the marine ecosystem.

Dive into compelling stories and traditional riches of shipwrecks while redefining your meaning of “treasure” at the Johnson History Museum.

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Start Date
2018-06-19