confederate battleship monticello shipwreck washed ashore during Hurricane Ike

When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery in Alabama -- a ragged shipwreck archeologists say could be from 1862.


After examining photos of the wreck post-Ike, Museum of Mobile marine archaeologist Shea McLean agreed it is likely the Confederate battleship Monticello, which ran aground in 1862 after sailing from Havana, according to U.S. Navy records


  • wastedinthekeys 7y

    I would have pried off an old piece of rusted metal to use to hit filthy Somalians over the head with.

    Looks like you had a beautiful day with plenty of onlookers. We went on the same day that we ate at DeSoto's. It was cool, dreary, raining and generally miserable. There was only one carload of folks there besides us, and I think they were waiting for us to leave so they could take all the souvenirs they could find. Our souvenirs were quite a few photos in spite of the terrible lighting for taking photos. But, it was an adventure. We found out there is a road named Our Road near where the wreckage was on the beach near Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores.
  • Ken Solstad PRO 7y

    Yeah, those souviner takers really annoyed me...

    I'll keep an eye out for that road You mentioned.

    Next time you are down that way -try turning on pine beach road @ mile maker 11 - its a great beach to get away from people and explore.
  • Rita PRO 6y

    There is a group called "Garbage ( and treasures) on the beach after the storm where this would fit well.
  • Ken Solstad PRO 6y

    thanks Pogorita.
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