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Old 02-07-2012, 03:34 AM   #1
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I was fishing near that side channel, long ago, that is due south of the official intracoastal waterway leading to Perdido Key; and cuts in between two barrier islands leading into that lagoon off of Ft. McRee.

While anchored just off this side channel in the Pensacola Pass I noticed what looked like a round pile of ballast stones on the bottom. Would anyone know what ship these ballast stones were from if they are ballast stones, or if not what it actually is?

It can roughly be located if your in a east to west line, lined up with that side channel, and if you were to look north to south will actually be looking out the Pensacola Pass into the GoM, and is much closer to the Ft. McRee side of the main channel out to sea.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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Some GPS #'s would help !!
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I remember reading an article that this was marble used for the gun terrats
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Pensacola history teaches that the west side of PNS pass was used as a source of ballast for stabilizing empty cargo sailing galleons as they left PNS after discharging their cargo and a dumping place for ballast when empty ships arrived at PNS port to pick up cargo. This went on for many years.

http://www.archaeology.org/0907/underwater/florida.html
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Fort Mc crey is actually in between the North and South Jetties and the bottom is littered with bricks from the fort, There are also some bricks around the West side of the North jetties in the cut about 150 feet to the West. There is also a real pile of Ballast stones off the beach in about 20 feet of water. Don't ask.......
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Fort Mc crey is actually in between the North and South Jetties and the bottom is littered with bricks from the fort, There are also some bricks around the West side of the North jetties in the cut about 150 feet to the West. There is also a real pile of Ballast stones off the beach in about 20 feet of water. Don't ask.......
Sealark, we've seen many chunks of brick in the "mix" of sandy spoils of the "island" (admiral's). I took the girls to Ft. Pickens last July. We read with interest the story of the powder magazine exploding in the late 1800s
We read that bricks were blown as far as a couple of miles from the blast.
Are those chunks on the island from that blast? (from cutter dredge?) Just curious, I know you were just a young -un back then .... Just kiddin. Any info would be appreciated.
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You cannot miss it because I visually sighted during the spring time when the water is crystal clear/blue This pile which looked to be a dark brown/black color I wanna say, and I wanna say that it was in around 20ft of water. I don't have any numbers for it, for I just saw it under the boat, and did not think to mark it.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:55 PM   #8
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Never heard about an explosion I am just reporting from my Diving in the pass area since I was stationed here 1976 to present. Hey don't make me any older than what I am 68..
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there are MANY wrecks in the pass.... found that out when i called the UWF archealogical department.... i dove a uncharted one found by the point lobos cutter when it was still here. it was wooden and hade timbers about 16 inchs wide.... pretty cool
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I worked with UWF as a scientific diver and helped excavate about 5 wrecks in the bay while I was there with them. It was very cool. My favorite was the one that sank in 1705.
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