You may find it hard to believe while sitting on the white sands of Pompano Beach, but there's a massive rock ledge about a half-mile offshore. The crew of the Copenhagen, a 325ft steamship carrying coal to Havana, however, learned the hard way in 1900 when it ran aground. In fact, the water's so shallow there that for 40 years you could spot the wreckage on the surface. Despite being used as target practice for training cadets during World War II, the Copenhagen was made a Florida Archaeological Preserve in 1994.
Try as we do to defend Florida, sometimes you run across stories that you know couldn't happen anywhere else. Take the Gunsmoke, an old shrimping boat that was allegedly used to smuggle marijuana back in the 1970s. One evening as smugglers were unloading its cargo near Panama City, FL, two teenage girls and two men were unfortunate enough to witness the unload. Rather than be caught, the smugglers shot one of the guys before taking the other three witnesses 150 miles away and dumping their bodies in a sinkhole. The ship was allegedly found adrift among bales of marijuana near Edgemont Key in 1977 (we have no idea why they wouldn't have at least saved their shipment), where government divers found a dead man below deck with a single gunshot wound to the head. Only in Florida!
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