I’m off to Pensacola, Florida for a long weekend of camping at Fort Pickens at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. We have a sweet campsite booked and the weather should be ideal. So it seemed fitting to find a Pensacola “forgotten wreck” for today’s post. The following article, originally published in the Pensacola Gazette, appeared in the New Orleans Daily Picayune on April 5, 1875. Looks like I’ll be camping on the same grounds as many a shipwrecked sailor~
Wrecked on Santa Rosa Island
At 2 o’clock on the morning of yesterday, 31 ult. [March], the inward bound Norwegian bark Anna, of 500 tons burden, went ashore about 3 miles to the eastward of Fort Pickens, opposite the city. She was from Barrow, England, and was owned and commanded by Captain Reed, who had purchased her from Spanish ownership just prior to this unlucky voyage. There was a heavy sea on, and the vessel labored so seriously that, shortly after she struck, her masts were cut away to ease her. The captain and crew were taken off by the smack Charles Henry, of New Orleans, the captain coming up to the city and the crew pitching camp on Santa Rosa island. The latest report from the wreck is that, though drawing twelve feet of water when she took the ground, she has been driven up into seven or eight feet, and was still right, being a very staunch, well built vessel. The Anna was consigned to Epping, Bellas & Co., of this city, and was not insured. If she remains sound until there is settled weather, she may be got off after being lightened of three hundred tons of ballast in her hold.
I don’t know what became of the wreck, but I’ll look into it this weekend!