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A few of Maple Leaf's artifacts

Maple Leaf Shipwreck

The Maple leaf was a charted Union troop transport vessel that sank in the St. John's River on April 1, 1864 after striking a Confederate torpedo. Four crewmen died instantly, while the rest of the crew escaped. The anaerobic mud at the bottom of the river resulted in incredible artifact preservation. The United States Army, which still lays claim to the remains of the vessel, divided the recovered artifacts with the Division of Historical Resources. Both the state and the Army collections are curated by the Division and are some of the most sought after artifacts for exhibit loans to museums across the state.



Historical depiction of the steamship Maple Leaf

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