Chuck Meide


Although the first underwater archaeological investigations in St. Augustine waters were conducted in the late 1970s, the first extensive, research-oriented archaeological survey seeking to discover and study historic shipwreck sites in the area took place in 1995.1 This project used a marine magnetometer deployed from a research vessel to search an area encompassing the estimated location of the historic inlet to St. Augustine, a notorious but unavoidable hazard for shipping to and from the colonial capital.2 This survey was conducted by a non-profit research organization known as Southern Oceans Archaeological Research (SOAR), and led to the discovery of a number of shipwrecks, including the oldest yet found in Northeast Florida, the British transport Industry, lost in 1764.3