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Record Group Number: 000155
Series/Collection Number: .S 2303
Creator: Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Title, Dates: Indian River Inlet House of Refuge shipwreck reports, 1885-1912.
Amount: .25 cubic ft.
2 microfiche
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Organization/Arrangement: Chronological by date of shipwreck.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Division of Historical Resources was created in 1986 (Ch. 86-183, Laws), assuming some of the functions of the Division of Archives, History and Records Management.  The Division is mandated to preserve and protect Florida's history.  The Division includes the Bureau of Historic Preservation, the Bureau of Archaeological Research and the Director's Office. 

    The Director's Office is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the statewide program of historical resource preservation and includes three sections, Division Operations, the Public Lands Liaison Office and The Grove.  The Bureaus of Historic Preservation and Archaeological Research assist in protecting and documenting the state's historic buildings, properties and archaeological sites. 

    The Bureau of Historic Preservation manages a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida's historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Main Street Program; oversees the National Register of Historic Places program for Florida; maintains an inventory of the state's historical resources in the Florida Master Site File; assists applicants in federal tax benefit and local government ad valorem tax relief programs for historic buildings; and reviews the impact that development projects may have on significant historic resources.  The bureau also administers the Florida Folklife Program aimed at identifying, evaluating, preserving and interpreting the historic and cultural resources of the state.

    The Bureau of Archaeological Research is responsible for the state's archaeology program.  The bureau's archaeologists carry out archaeological surveys and excavations throughout the state, primarily on state-owned lands; maintain records on historical resources that have been recorded; and assist consultants and planners in protecting sites.  The state's Underwater Archaeology Program includes not only historic shipwreck sites but also pre-Columbian sites in underwater contexts.  The Bureau also manages Mission San Luis, a 60-acre world-class archaeological site and the only reconstructed Spanish mission in the Southeast.

Summary:     This series contains microfiche copies of Indian River Inlet House of Refuge wreck reports from 1885 to 1912.  The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coast of Florida.  The Indian River Inlet House of Refuge station was built in 1885 along the south side of the Indian River Inlet (St. Lucie County).  The reports document the shipwrecks that the station assisted or found, and consist of the name of vessel; rig and tonnage; hailing-port and nationality; age; official number; names of master; names of owners; where from and bound; number of crew and passengers; nature of cargo; estimate values of vessel and cargo; information of wreck including exact spot and cause of wreck and conditions of weather and sea; information about discovery of the wreck including number of survivors; and additional remarks by the station keeper.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Dept. of State.
Florida. Dept. of State.  --Division of Historical Resources.
Bureau of Archaeological Research
Underwater archaeology Florida.
Shipwrecks Florida.
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St. Lucie County (Fla.)
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