The Turks and Caicos National Museum and Ships of Discovery are compiling an inventory of shipwrecks in the Turks and Caicos territorial waters. Wrecks range in date from soon after Columbus to modern times. To the left, the wreck of the Harold, lost in 1890. Parallel wooden members are the ship's frames, commonly (and erroneously) called the ribs. Diver is recording information using a pencil on a plexiglass tablet covered with a mylar sheet.

Itinerent sailors often inscribed mementos of their passing on the rocks at the top of Sapodilla Hill. The earliest one dates to 1767, a time when salt rakers from Bermuda periodically came to work the Turks and Caicos's natural salinas.

Museum personnel and Ships of Discovery have begun recording the historic inscriptions.



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