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Sinking of the Maple Leaf

 
 
Sinking of the Maple Leaf Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
1. Sinking of the Maple Leaf Marker
Inscription. Approximately 15 miles up river from this point, the Union transport Maple Leaf was destroyed by a Confederate mine during the early morning hours of April 1, 1864. The Maple Leaf sank to the bottom of the St. Johns River after hitting one of twelve Confederate mines along Mandarin Point. At the time of the explosion, the steamboat was transporting 68 passengers and crewmembers from Palatka to Jacksonville. Passengers included 42 Union sympathizers seeking protection of federal troops in Jacksonville. Four crewmembers died in the explosion. After sinking, only the top of the wheelhouse and smokestack were visible. These parts were later removed to keep the channel clear for navigation. The hull with its valuable cargo had settled deep within the muddy river bottom. On the Maple Leaf were 400 pounds of cargo, primarily the equipment of three Union regiments and two brigade headquarters. In 1981 the Maple Leaf was located by St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions, Inc. Hundreds of artifacts have been recovered from the site, which is now a National Landmark.
 
Erected 2002 by Jacksonville Historical Society and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-464.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker
Sinking of the Maple Leaf Marker, South end of South Hogan Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
2. Sinking of the Maple Leaf Marker, South end of South Hogan Street
series.
 
Location. 30° 19.461′ N, 81° 39.683′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Southern Teminus of S Hogan Street, in the median. Touch for map. Located on North Riverside of the St. John's River. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic King's Road British East Florida (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florida Pharmacy Association (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Milton Bryan Simpson (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Great Endurance Run" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Memorial 1861-1865 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Beginning (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Regarding Sinking of the Maple Leaf. National Register of Historic Places:
National Historic Landmark
Maple Leaf (Shipwreck Site) (added 1994 - - #94001650)
Also known as 8DU8032
Address Restricted , Mandarin
♦ Historic Significance: Information Potential, Event
♦ Area of Significance: Transportation, Maritime History, Military, Historic - Non-Aboriginal
Maple Leaf Historical Landmark Plaque #94001650 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
3. Maple Leaf Historical Landmark Plaque #94001650
Maple Leaf
has been designated a
National
Historic Landmark

This Site Possesses National Significance
in Commemorating the History of the
United States of America

1994
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
Cultural Affiliation: US Army
♦ Period of Significance: 1850-1874
♦ Owner: Federal
♦ Historic Function: Transportation
♦ Historic Sub-function: Water-Related
♦ Current Function: Landscape, Transportation
♦ Current Sub-function: Underwater, Water-Related
 
Also see . . .  The Maple Leaf Adventure - MilitaryHistoryOnline.com. A Florida Civil War Shipwreck Reveals Civilian and Soldier Life in the Mid-19th Century by Thomas M. Fleming (Submitted on August 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Sinking of the Maple Leaf Marker, and National Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
4. Sinking of the Maple Leaf Marker, and National Landmark Plaque
The Maple Leaf image. Click for full size.
By The Maple Leaf Adventure - MilitaryHistoryOnline.com
5. The Maple Leaf
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 806 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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