|Volunteer boatbuilders at work constructing a barca chata, or Spanish flatboat.|
LAMP Boatworks is the traditional wooden boatbuilding program overseen by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers. Wooden boatbuilding thrived in St. Augustine for over four centuries until it was finally supplanted by fiberglass construction in the early 1980s. LAMP Boatworks is committed to keeping this maritime tradition alive and relevant by constructing living replicas of vessels once common in the waters of St. Augustine and northeast Florida. The boat builders' work also aids LAMP archaeologists with the interpretation, reconstruction and experimental replication of archaeological boat and ship remains.
|Adding the steam-bent frames to the interior of a Chaisson dory tender|
LAMP Boatworks volunteers meet at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum every Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, except in the hottest summer months. All visitors are welcome to watch and ask questions or lend a hand by participating as a volunteer. To volunteer, simply show up during these times or contact our Volunteer Coordinator by calling 904-829-0745.
Please explore the following links to learn more about our boat building program, the history of wooden boat building in St. Augustine, and traditional types of vessels built to sail our waters:
All text and images, unless otherwise noted, are copyright Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. We extend permission to scholars, students, and other interested members of the public to use images and to quote from text for non-commercial educational or research purposes, provided LAMP is acknowledged and credited. If there are any questions regarding the use of LAMP’s work, please inquire at LAMP@staugustinelighthouse.org.