Sinking of the Maple Leaf

Sinking of the Maple Leaf (HM13LC)

Location: Jacksonville, FL 32202 Duval County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 19.461', W 81° 39.683'

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Approximately 15 miles up river from this point, the Union transport Maple Leaf was destroyed by a Confederate mine during the early morning hours of April 1, 1864. The Maple Leaf sank to the bottom of the St. Johns River after hitting one of twelve Confederate mines along Mandarin Point. At the time of the explosion, the steamboat was transporting 68 passengers and crewmembers from Palatka to Jacksonville. Passengers included 42 Union sympathizers seeking protection of federal troops in Jacksonville. Four crewmembers died in the explosion. After sinking, only the top of the wheelhouse and smokestack were visible. These parts were later removed to keep the channel clear for navigation. The hull with its valuable cargo had settled deep within the muddy river bottom. On the Maple Leaf were 400 pounds of cargo, primarily the equipment of three Union regiments and two brigade headquarters. In 1981 the Maple Leaf was located by St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions, Inc. Hundreds of artifacts have been recovered from the site, which is now a National Landmark.
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HM NumberHM13LC
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
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Marker NumberF-464
Year Placed2002
Placed ByJacksonville Historical Society and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 436418 N 3354912
Decimal Degrees30.32435000, -81.66138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 19.461', W 81° 39.683'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 19' 27.66" N, 81° 39' 40.98" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 398 S Hogan St, Jacksonville FL 32202, US
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