Vamar Shipwreck Site

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Vamar Shipwreck Site
Mexico Beach GoM Vamar01.jpg
Gulf of Mexico, looking in the direction of the Vamar from Mexico Beach
Vamar Shipwreck Site is located in Florida
Vamar Shipwreck Site
Vamar Shipwreck Site is located in the United States
Vamar Shipwreck Site
Nearest cityMexico Beach, Florida
Coordinates29°53′56″N 85°27′48″W / 29.89889°N 85.46333°W / 29.89889; -85.46333Coordinates: 29°53′56″N 85°27′48″W / 29.89889°N 85.46333°W / 29.89889; -85.46333
NRHP reference #06000243[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 10, 2006
Designated FUAP2004

The Vamar is a shipwreck (which sank on March 21, 1942) near Mexico Beach, Florida, United States.[2] It is located 3.7 miles offshore from Mexico Beach. It became the ninth Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve when it was dedicated in 2004.[2] On April 10, 2006, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[3]


The Vamar underwent several name changes in its history:

  • 1919 - built as a gun boat for the Royal Navy, named Kilmarnock
  • 1920s - renamed the Chelsea after being sold to a private firm
  • 1928 - Rear-Admiral Richard Byrd acquired the ship for his journey to Antarctica. He renamed the ship the Eleanor Bolling, in honor of his mother, Eleanor Bolling Byrd. During the voyage, due to rough seas, the crew nicknamed the ship the "Evermore Rolling".
  • 1930 - sold to a seal hunting company
  • 1933 - the Vamar Shipping Company bought the ship and renamed it the Vamar
  • before 1942 - sold to Bolivar-Atlantic Navigation Company
  • 1942 - March 21, after leaving Port St. Joe, Florida carrying a load of lumber to Cuba, Vamar sunk under suspicious circumstances. The pilot reported that the ship was overloaded and top heavy. Local suspicions that the ship had been sabotaged to block the channel into Port St. Joe led to a Coast Guard investigation, which was unable to verify the suspicions.
  • 2004 - Vamar became Florida's Ninth Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Eleanor Boling-Vamar-Lumbership Wreck". Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Weekly List Of Actions Taken On Properties: 4/10/06 Through 4/14/06 at National Register of Historic Places

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