Jacksonville Turns 200: The sinking of the Maple Leaf

In April 1864, a Union ship named the Maple Leaf hit a Confederate mine off Mandarin Point.

The explosion killed four soldiers and sunk the ship.


The ship was moved by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1882, but remains buried under mud in the St. Johns River.

In 1994, it was named a national historic landmark and divers are not allowed to go there.

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Artifacts are on display at the Museum of Science and History.

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