Friday, February 10, 2012

Florida History: Floating mines today and WWII Keys

By Jane Feehan

For more Fort Lauderdale and Miami history, see

A floating mine was recently (Feb. 2012) sighted a mile off Dania in Broward County; beaches were closed until the Navy determined it was harmless, perhaps a training aid.

During World War II, the Navy laid 10,000 mines in US coastal and hemisphere waters. “The mines prevented submarines from penetrating important anchorages, convoy assembly points and refuge areas around Chesapeake Bay, Cape Hatteras, Key West, Trinidad and ... off Alaska,” reported the Miami News (Sept. 18, 1945).

Unfortunately, 14 friendly ships were destroyed or damaged by these mines, including the American destroyer Sturtevant, tankers Blum and FW Abrams, ore ship Chilore and tug Keshena.

Not to say that the recently discovered mine was one of these … but with that many laid, could some still be
out there?
 For more about Destroyer Sturtevant, see:

For more about U boats off Florida's coast, see:

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Feb. 9, 2012
Miami News, Apr 27, 1942
Miami News, Sept. 18, 1945

Tags: Floating mines off Florida, Florida during WWII, South Florida in the 1940s, 
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