WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FIND A 500 YEAR OLD SHIP?

500 year ship

In September of 2004, safely tucked away in a cottage in the back woods of South Carolina my family and I watched the eye of Hurricane Ivan pass within a few miles of our waterfront home. As soon as our neighbor gave me the damage report over her cell phone with a rapidly fading battery, I hugged my wife and my kids and got on the road to Pensacola. At every major and minor city along the way I stopped at Home Depot and Lowes, collecting key supplies along the way. At one stop in Augusta, Georgia the cashiers at the contractor’s desk asked “How can you live in a place like that?!” It did not take me a second to reply. As every school kid in the panhandle knows, Pensacola was the first settlement in Florida, but not the first permanent one. “This hasn’t happened since De Luna got wiped out by a hurricane in the 1500’s. The way I figure, we haven’t got to worry about a season like this for another 450 years.” The cashier looked at me like I was nuts.
A year and half later Dick Corporation and I were poised to have a close brush with De Luna’s ill fated settlement as we were re-building from the most recent obliteration of Pensacola.

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