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Apalachicola's Sponge Industry - Historic Marker - Apalachicola, Florida, USA.
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N 29° 43.707 W 084° 58.997
16R E 695055 N 3290398
Quick Description: Apalachicola's Sponge Industry - The Forgotten Coast is home to a storied history of the sponge industry. In the late 1800s, a fleet of 16 sponge ships called Apalachicola home. Located on the Waterfront of the Apalachicola River, Northern Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/6/2018 2:59:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMXFGC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
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Long Description:
Apalachicola's Sponge Industry:
"From the mid-1870’s to the early decades of the twentieth century, Apalachicola was part of Florida’s sponge industry. The local sponge trade came to rank third in the state. By 1895, over 100 men made their living locally in the short-lived but profitable Apalachicola sponge industry. In 1879, Apalachicola had 16 sponge vessels. The larger vessels would put out to sea for four weeks or more and carried several dinghies or small rowboats. The sponges were taken by “hooking.” The hooker sat in the bow and scanned the water for sponges.

The oarsman than moved the boat into position, and the hooker used a long pole with a sharp-pronged tool on the end to bring up the sponges. Once the larger vessel had a full cargo it returned to port. The three principal buyers of sponges were M. Brash, Sr., John G. Ruge, and Joseph Messina. The buyers inspected the catch and made sealed bids. The sponges were later shipped to San Francisco, St. Louis, Baltimore, and New York.

By 1895, between 80 and 120 men were employed in it, and the city had two sponge warehouses. Later, as the major Greek sponge operations moved down the coast to Carrabelle, Cedar Key and Tarpon Springs, shrimp and sponge operations continued in Apalachicola with the Greek sailing fleet. Today, there are two original sponge warehouses remaining in Apalachicola’s historic downtown district. The Sponge Exchange, built in 1840, is one of the original sponge warehouses."

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Marker Number: 0

Date: 1/1/2000

County: Franklin

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: City of Apalachicola

Website: [Web Link]

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