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Hurricane Isaac 2012: Exposes Ship Wreckage from 1923

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Sep 15, 2012 11:23 AM EDT

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Hurricane Isaac has resulted in the reveal of old ship wreckage. A schooner from 1923 was discovered in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The schooner and her eight man crew ran aground during a tropical storm in Fort Morgan on October 17, 1923. The men aboard the schooner had survived.

Michael Bailey, historian for the Fort Morgan Historical society said to USA Today, "A tropical storm much like Tropical Storm Isaac that we just went through was hitting the Gulf Coast and a large number of these schooners were out in the Gulf. One was sunk just off Perdido Key and the crew was lost."

Shifting sands and tides eventually buried the schooner until Hurricane Camille came in 1969 and part of the ship became exposed.

Bailey said, "I saw 20th-century features and thought it could have been from early 1900s. I found a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shipwreck study that had a description of The Rachel and learned it was built in Mosspoint, Miss., at the De Angelo Shipyard," he said.

The Rachel gives an interesting look back in history to life was like in the area nearly 90 years ago.

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