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David J Castello

JFK’s Doomsday Bunker on Peanut Island

Kennedy Bunker - Peanut Island

On October 27, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and eleven destroyers detected the Soviet diesel-electric submarine B-59 in the Windward Passage between the southern-most tip of Cuba and Haiti. They began depth charging totally unaware that the Soviet submarine was carrying a nuclear torpedo …

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When A German U-Boat Attacked Palm Beach County

When A German U-Boat Attacked Palm Beach County

At 1pm on the sunny afternoon of May 4, 1942, the master of the 9,767-ton British tanker Eclipse was horrified to see a torpedo speeding toward him from the shore near the Boynton Beach Inlet. Incredibly, the 220 foot-long submarine U-564, commanded by German ace Reinhard “Teddy” Suhren, had been …

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The Jeaga – Palm Beach County’s Indigenous Tribe

The Jeaga

In late April 1519, Juan Ponce de Leon made landfall at the Jupiter Inlet (Rio de la Cruz) with two ships, the Santa Maria de la Consolacion and the Santiago, to replenish water and firewood, and wait for a third ship, the Cristobal, to rejoin them. They were met by …

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The Providencia – The Ship That Named Palm Beach and West Palm Beach

The Providencia - West Palm Beach History

On January 9, 1878, the 175-ton, square-rigged, Spanish brigantine The Providencia, bound from Trinidad to Havana to Cadiz, Spain with a cargo of logs, Cuban rum & cigars, animal hides, beans, garlic and Trinidadian coconuts, ran aground on what was then known as the Lake Worth Country (named for Major …

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