317 A Philip Randolph Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32202
At 4 a.m. on April 1, 1864, the Union transport Maple Leaf, returning to Jacksonville from Palatka with the equipment of three regiments, struck a torpedo in the St. Johns River and sank in seven minutes. Two nights earlier, Confederates had placed 12 torpedos in the river channel near Mandarin Point. While extraordinary relics from the ship were salvaged by a small, tenacious group of locals and placed in Florida museums, 150 years later, the Civil War transport still holds 90 percent of its cargo and rests in 20 feet of water and seven feet of mud. Join us for the century-and-a-half saga of the Maple Leaf, from its sinking to its salvage.