- Posted October 31, 2008 by
Fort Morgan, Alabama
Fort Morgan Civil War Ship Covered - Not by Mother Nature
Remember the unidentified burned out wreck of the mystery ship on the beach at Fort Morgan, Alabama, that made such a news splash after it was completely uncovered by Hurricane Ike? It is being covered with sand. So what is so unusual about this, you might ask? After all, this ship has been uncovered and covered by Mother Nature many times over the years - most recently after Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, Gustav and Ike. But this time someone has brought in the heavy machinery, loaded with sand from other areas, and we have a "planned" cover-up. I asked one of the crew members why it is being covered, and he answered, "To preserve it." Well, that could be, but do you think it could also be that the homeowners that have the house behind it are just tired of looking at it?
It is referred to as the "Mystery Ship" because it has not been identified. Some say that it is a blockade runner from the Civil War. Others say that it could be the Monticello, which ran aground in 1862 after sailing from Havana, Cuba. Another guess is that it could be the schooner Rachel, an early 20th-century schooner that ran aground on the Alabama coast in 1933.
The mystery ship is located on the beach near the 6 mile marker on Fort Morgan Road.
I don't suppose there are any plans to excavate it, but just wait for Mother Nature to uncover it again. It WILL happen! I hope that whoever is footing the bill for the cover-up doesn't think it will stay that way!