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Dog Island is located in the northwestern Florida Gulf coast partly sheltering St. George Sound and Apalachicola Bay. It is the eastern-most part of a chain of barrier islands located off the northern panhandle of Florida just offshore from where the Crooked River merges into the Carrabelle River and then into St. George Sound. This island is small and remote, accessible only by boat, ferry or airplane. The Nature Conservancy owns most of the island, whilst some portions are also privately owned residential property. Dog Island has a rich maritime history and there is some evidence of a human presence on the island as early as 8,000 years ago. Currently, it has less than 100 residents. Littered around the coves and waters of Dog Island are the remains of shipwrecks and other aspects of regional maritime culture. A project, Dog Island Shipwreck Survey, is currently underway by Florida State University to systematically search these waters, using acoustic and electromagnetic devices, to discover historic shipwrecks, which bear a testament to prehistoric mariners on the island.
Nearest Largest City: Carrabelle, Florida, USA
Length: 11.0 km
Florida State University - Dog Island Shipwreck Survey. Available on the net at: http://www.adp.fsu.edu/dogisland.html
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Florida State University - Dog Island Shipwreck Survey
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Keywords: Shipwreck, Maritime history, Ancient human presence
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