Sunday, January 10, 2016

1/10 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1926 – The 241’ steel-hulled schooner “Prinz Valdemar” capsized inside the Miami ship channel on this date, blocking larger vessels from entering and exiting the port for over a month. The ship proved difficult to right due to her large masts. City officials began digging another channel to allow much needed building supplies into the harbor. Dredging operations were halted however, when two of the dredges hit reefs. The masts were then cut off of the vessel and shipping continued around the capsized hull. A devastating hurricane which struck Miami later that year and the sinking of the “Prinz Valdemar” helped spell an early end to Miami’s 1920s land boom. The “Prinz Valdemar” was eventually re-floated and moved near Biscayne Boulevard. The ship was then dry-docked and used as an aquarium, restaurant and a bar until finally being scrapped in the 1950s.