Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Lost at Sea

Last weekend I met some friends in Townsend, GA which is about an hour south of me. We took their boat out to Sapelo Island to see a shipwreck that was washed ashore last spring.

According to the locals, in 1910 the Spanish sailing ship, San Sont, captained by Jose Esquerda and loaded with pine timber, sailed out of Jacksonville, Fla. for Valparaiso, Spain.

This ship was caught in a storm, maybe an unnamed minor hurricane, and
sank off of Cabretta Island, a part of Sapelo Island.

All hands were drowned and the bodies were buried where they washed up on or near Sapelo Island.

Captain Esquerda and two crew members drifted ashore at Cabretta
and were buried by locals near Miller Pump on Sapelo.

They say the captain was identified by his embroidered underwear!

So that's the story of the San Sont.

And this is MY FOOT on a shipwreck.


Mom L said...

Fascinating! I love shipwrecks. Your Gram spent a lot of time on beaches, not only picking up lovely shells, but always hoping to find traces of ancient ships and cargo. She especially liked walking out on Sebastian Beach on A1A, always hoping to spot Spanish gold and other treasure!

euthymic said...

Nice shots. Embroidered underwear, lol:)

Erik said...

Man that's a goofy lookin dude on that shipwreck!

Sandra Mersinger said...

Paul said he drove by this bluff last month and the whole ship is GONE. Good thing you got some historical recognition of this part of history! As well as Erik and I!