Maple Leaf Shipwreck
The Maple leaf was a charted Union troop transport vessel that sank in the St. John's
River on April 1, 1864 after striking a Confederate torpedo. Four crewmen died instantly, while the rest of the crew escaped.
The anaerobic mud at the bottom of the river resulted in incredible artifact preservation. The United States Army, which still
lays claim to the remains of the vessel, divided the recovered artifacts with the Division of Historical Resources. Both the
state and the Army collections are curated by the Division and are some of the most sought after artifacts for exhibit
loans to museums across the state.