> George's Valentine     (House of Refuge)
Deployed in:   1904
Location:   Lat. N27 11.880' , Lon. W80 09.800'
Depth:   18 feet
Profile:   5 feet
Materials:   Shipwreck Debris And Portions of Hull

The Georges Valentine was originally a Screw Steamer that was built in 1869 in Liverpool England. The ship was stripped of steam gear and turned into a three-masted barkentine in 1889. She crashed into a reef offshore of Stuart in 1904 because of a storm. Her last voyage began out of Pensacola to Buenos Aires with milled mahogany for cargo. Many of the early homes in Stuart were built with wood from this shipwreck. The Georges Valentine’s history and cultural context have been documented in much greater detail when it was designated a Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve in 2003. The Georges Valentine was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. At the time this wreck was designated a preserve, a detailed site plan was created by the State of Florida, Bureau of Archaeological Research.

The Georges Valentine shipwreck is very scattered with 3 recognizable pieces and other pieces scattered around. Sand/shell seafloor accretes and scours seasonally and with storms so I can only give you ranges of seafloor depths. The easternmost piece of steel plates is 6 - 9 feet below sea level depending on tide. It is in from 14 - 18 feet of water as the entire area around the structure has scouring so right next to the structure it is 18 feet deep but 20 feet away the seafloor is 14 feet deep. Just south of it about 70 feet are the ribs and lower hull which sticks out of seafloor about 4 - 5 feet, many times of the year it is completely buried in sand/shell hash and cannot be found. The shallowest wreckage is on the shoreline at the ocean/ rocks interface just 200 or so feet south of the house of refuge southern end. Depths hear are from 0 - 6 feet depending on tide. Parts of the wreck stick up out of the water at lowest tides there. It also gets covered with sand some times of the year. The shipwreck is a great snorkeling spot in calm/flat seas when visibility is good with lots of fish and critters to see.