Thanks to a new international agreement, the National Park Service will now include a British warship in its collection of cultural and historic treasures.  In 1748, the HMS Fowey, a British warship sank near what is now Miami, Florida. And now the site of that wreck and the ship itself will be protected within the boundaries of Biscayne National Park.

On June 27, 1748, HMS Fowey, a fifth rate frigate struck a coral reef and sank, coming to rest on the sea bed.  It was discovered within the park by a local sport diver in the 1970s.

The international agreement, which the NPS says will for serve as the basis for future cooperative projects, was signed between the NPS and the British Royal Navy.  It recognizes the U.K.'s title to the wreck while allowing the park service to care for it in accordance with its policies.  The two will also exchange info and consult on management of the preservation of the site.  

Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom described the value that the agreement would have for the park and its resources, saying, “This is the latest step in the continuing preservation effort for Fowey, and solidifies our relationship with the British people in protecting our shared heritage for the enjoyment and education of future generations.” 

Although the wreck is closed to the public, the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center produced a video tour of the site which you can watch below:

HMS Fowey, Biscayne National Park from NPS Submerged Resources Center on Vimeo.

Welcome to the NPS family HMS Fowey!

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