Emanuel Point shipwrecks
The Emanuel Point shipwrecks are two underwater archaeological sites discovered in Pensacola Bay (near Emanuel Point) that are believed to be the remains of two 16th-century Spanish ships from the Luna expedition that sunk in the 1559 hurricane.
Emanuel Point I was discovered in 1992 by a Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research team.
Emanuel Point II was discovered about 1,320 feet from the first site. In summer 2006, funded by a $203,368 grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, a team led by graduate student Jim Collis from the UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology discovered a pile of ballast stones, which were later revealed to be covering a well-preserved wooden hull. It was confirmed to be one of Luna's 11-ship fleet in 2007.
|Less than a dozen ships from this time period have ever been discovered. This is the oldest wreck found to date in the state of Florida and the second oldest in America.
- "New Luna shipwreck confirmed after 450 years." Pensacola News Journal, October 12, 2007.