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SAN PEDRO UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRESERVE


HISTORY
The San Pedro was a 287-ton, Dutch-built ship which sailed as part of the fleet of New Spain in 1733. Her discovery in the 1960s in Hawk Channel under 18 feet of water, led to the recovery of small silver coins dated between 1731 and 1733, as well as cannons trapped under the ballast pile. Elements of the ship's rigging and hardware were also unearthed. Today, the San Pedro is among the most picturesque of the 1733 wreck sites, due to her location in a white sand pocket surrounded by turtle grass and the prolific marine life that inhabits her grave. A large pile of ballast stones, 90-feet long and 30-feet wide, marks her final resting place.

The San Pedro is designated as an Underwater Archaeological Preserve, set aside by the State of Florida for its protection and for public enjoyment. The site has been enhanced with seven replica cannons, an anchor and an information plaque. Don Pedro Island State Park is only accessible by private boat. The site is located in 18 feet of water, approximately 1.25 nautical miles south from Indian Key at LORAN coordinates 14082.1 and 43320.6. To prevent anchor damage to the site, please tie up to mooring buoys at the site.




The site is located in 18 feet of water, approximately 1.25 nautical miles south from Indian Key at LORAN coordinates 14082.1 and 43320.6.

For more information, contact:

San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve

P.O. Box 1052

Islamorada, FL 33036

(305) 664-4815


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