The Half Moon
On nautical maps of Biscayne Bay, just out side Bear Cut (a narrow waterway that separates Key Biscayne and Virginia Key), there is feature simply labeled “obstruction.” That term belies the rich history of the ship that rests under the waves on that shallow shoal. The Half Moon, or Germania its original name, has a rich history linking many of the seminal events of the 20th Century. From the raise of nationalistic Germany to WWI to Secret government plots and rambunctious Miami of the 1920s the Half Moon saw it all. After its sinking the ship, and the story, was lost to history until recently. In the 1980s and 1990s the ship was rediscovered and interest in its story lead to it becoming an Underwater Archaeological Preserve and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Journey along as we see the historical sights on this ship that has been waiting for 85 years to make its next voyage.
Biscayne Tales is a podcast about the history of Miami and South Florida. We hope that the episodes will appeal to Miami residents and visitors alike, encouraging them to start their own exploration of the city's people and places. This website is intended to accompany the show and provide additional materials and links for the curious.
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