When a natural disaster happens to roll into town, it can be devastating in many different ways. One way which people rarely think can be damaging, is what it brings with is ashore. After a disaster such as a storm or hurricane, all sorts of things can wound up washed onto land that was not there previously.
Sometimes, these can be terrifying like battered husks of marine life and mammals that cannot be identified. Other times, it’s something a bit more incredible and hard to believe. Hurricane Irma brought crazy sightings of all-kinds, but one of the most intriguing was an artifact that could be centuries old.
One Crazy Sighting
Riding his bike along the battered coastline after the hurricane had passed, Floridian photographer Randy Lathrop spotted something odd lying at the side of the road. He spotted a canoe that looked, without doubt, pretty damn old!
Washed up from the Indian River in Cocoa, Florida, a place known for ancient Native American history, Randy immediately had an idea as to what he was looking at. Getting in touch with the local Division of Historical Resources, the canoe could be several centuries old according to DOHR spokesperson Sarah Revell. While we won’t know until it goes through major carbon dating, it’s going to be very interesting to see just how old this relic might be – and what it might be involved with.
Storms and the Treasures They Bring
From The boat, ‘The Rachel’ which washed up in 2012 during Hurricane Isaac, a massive 20th century schooner from the 1930’s, to now, we’ve seen quite a few unique rafts and boats pulled out from the sea. The boat itself was lost in a major storm, and only another major storm brought back what was left of it to the land. Old ships are found all the time, each with their own interesting stories.
For example, The Monticello was washed ashore during 1969, with Hurricane Camille. The boat was used for runs from Florida to Cuba before it was destroyed. This storm too, brought the remnants back to us.
Finding rare and unique old boats has become a bit of a common theme when storms hit. Given the incredible damage that such storms tend to bring to the table, it’s no surprise that we keep finding pieces of naval history we thought were long gone.
It’s going to be interesting to see where this canoe comes from and what kind of stories are attached to it. In time, we might find out that it plays a major role in the Native American history of the region – than again, it might be nothing.
History has brought back many relics we lost – what else could be returning to us in the future?