This is the first exhibition to explore specific episodes in South Florida’s history involving shipwrecks, heroic sea rescues and other extraordinary dramas around Florida’s coasts, from the period 1550 to 2000.
South Florida’s history is intertwined with the water that surrounds it, and many of those who have populated this region over the centuries have made their way here by sea. Shipwrecks and Rescues, 1550-2000 highlights the danger of these journeys and the hardships faced by those setting out for Florida’s golden shores. The complex and risky involvement of rescuers, including the U.S. Coast Guard is also explored in this unique maritime exhibition. Shipwrecks and Rescues will cover the activities of the Spanish Armada on the coast of Florida during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; the British presence in the region; the development of the wrecking industry in the Florida Keys, the capture of slave ships, the development of the Coast Guard and much more.
Shipwrecks and Rescues, 1550-2000 is an exhibit to be enjoyed by adventure enthusiasts of all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to view first hand and up close a wide range of fascinating artifacts salvaged from wrecked ships, as well as maps, photographs and video footage. Children will enjoy boarding a life size boat with simulated movement. While some items displayed in the exhibition are from the HistoryMiami’s collections and archives, most notably a number of artifacts from the wreck of the HMS Winchester (1695), the exhibition also includes rare artifacts from other cultural institutions and private collections around Florida.
Organized by HistoryMiami.