Florida Division of Historical Resources Selects City of Cape Canaveral as Home To Hurricane Irma Canoe

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Irma revealed piece of past that would otherwise remained at the bottom of the lagoon

ABOVE VIDEO: A dugout canoe that may be hundreds of years old washed up from the Indian River, north of Cocoa, Florida.“As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it was,” Randy Lathrop, a self-proclaimed history buff, told ABC News of his unusual discovery. (ABC News video)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Florida Division of Historical Resources has selected the City of Cape Canaveral to be the home of the widely publicized and invariably intriguing, Irma Canoe.

The canoe washed up from the Indian River, north of Cocoa, Florida, along what locals have dubbed Florida’s “Space Coast” for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

A Florida photographer on an early-morning bike ride the day after Hurricane Irma ravaged the coast stumbled upon an exciting find: a dugout canoe that may be hundreds of years old.

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“As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it was,” Randy Lathrop, a self-proclaimed history buff, told ABC News of his unusual discovery.

To commemorate the canoe’s arrival, a welcome event will be held at the Cape Canaveral City Hall, located at 100 Polk Avenue, beginning at 4 p.m. on September 28.

The festivities will feature presentations by archaeologists from Paleo West Archaeology, as well as the canoe’s finder and renowned photographer, Randy “Shots” Lathrop.

Following the presentations, the exhibit will be opened to the public from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Irma Canoe will remain on display in the Community Artifacts Room located in City Hall until the completion of the C.A.P.E. Center, the City’s first arts and cultural institution, which is currently in the design phase and on target for completion in 2020.

For more information, please contact the City of Cape Canaveral Culture and Leisure Services Department at 321-868-1226.

The Florida Division of Historical Resources has selected the City of Cape Canaveral to be the home of the widely publicized and invariably intriguing, Irma Canoe. The canoe washed up from the Indian River, north of Cocoa, Florida, along what locals have dubbed Florida’s “Space Coast” for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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