Historic Markers Across Florida



Vamar



Marker ID:  
Location: 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach, FL
County: Bay
Coordinates: N 29° 57.211    W 085° 25.683
  29.95351666    -85.42805
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
 



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Vamar
(formerly Eleanor Bolling)


Built in 1919 for the British Navy, this 170-foot steamer originally was christened Kilmarnock. Admiral Richard E. Byrd purchased the ship for use in his Antarctic expedition of 1928-30 and renamed her Eleanor Bolling in honor of his mother.

Sold to a lumber company and again renamed, Vamar sank here under mysterious circumstances in 1942.
State Underwater Archaeological Preserve
A Florida Heritage Site