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By Finn J.D. John
For The Chronicle 

Skill, stout shipbuilding kept shipwreck fatality-free


November 21, 2019

Photo provided/US Navy

The U.S.S. Peacock attacking the H.M.S. Nautilus just after the War of 1812, which the Peacock's skipper was unaware had ended, in 1815.

With all the ships that have come to grief there over the years, and all the sailors who have drowned as a result, it's a little ironic that the shipwreck that gave Peacock Spit its name was as uneventful as it was.

But then, the only reason the U.S.S. Peacock didn't break into pieces and drown all hands within hours of slamming into the sand was that it was a United States Navy ship. That meant it was crewed by some of the best-trained sailors in the world, and built solidly enough for iron shot to bounce off its sides.

Peacock Spit isn't actually a spit, in the common sense of the word. R...

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