It is our pleasure to introduce the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail press kit.
The Trail is sponsored by the Bureau of Archaeological Research, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State and the Florida Public Archaeology Network in partnership with the waterfront communities in Northwest Florida. The twelve shipwrecks along the Trail were selected from a consensus of local dive shops and charter boat operators as the best destinations for various levels of diving. Visitors can obtain an official passport from our partners, the dive shops and charter boats of the Florida Panhandle. After completing each shipwreck dive, the passport will be validated with a sticker, encouraging divers to visit all twelve sites and complete the trail.
About the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research
The Florida Department of State’s Bureau of Archaeological Research, within the department’s Division of Historical Resources, is entrusted with the maintenance, preservation and protection of more than 12,000 years of Florida heritage. Archaeological and historical resources on state-owned and state-controlled lands, including sovereignty submerged lands, are the direct responsibility of the bureau. The bureau is composed of four sections: Underwater Archaeology, Collections and Conservation, Florida Public Lands, and Mission San Luis. The four sections work together to ensure that Florida archaeological heritage will endure for future generations. For more information, visit www.flheritage.com/archaeology.
This information packet includes a fact sheet and a copy of the official Florida Department of State press release.
For a list of dive shops and charter boats carrying the official Passport visit the Trail Partners page.
Download images of the passport and photographs of each shipwreck along the trail.
Here you can download our introduction as well as short videos featuring all twelve trail destinations.
“Take only pictures, leave only bubbles.”