SAVANNAH – The wind and the waves peeled back layers of Cumberland Island sand last December to reveal a piece of history: the wooden bones of a long-lost cargo ship.
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Last December, the bones of a long, lost ship were exposed on Cumberland Island. AJC photographer Bita Honarvar got the tip from a part-time resident of the barrier island off Georgia’s coast. She passed the information along to reporter Dan Chapman, and his interest was piqued. How many other shipwrecks lay off the coast? And how come Georgia did such a poor job displaying it maritime history? He traveled from Savannah to St. Simons Island interviewing historians, maritime archaeologists, park rangers, federal officials, museum directors and self-described river rats. He also checked with maritime experts in the Carolinas and Florida.