The 2009 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology will be held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in America’s oldest port, St. Augustine, Florida, from March 25 to March 27, 2009.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR), the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. It consists of three days of presentations by a wide range of invited speakers covering a host of topics related to maritime archaeology and the history of seafaring in Florida and beyond.
Registration for all lectures, workshops, and presentations is FREE and open to the public. Fees are charged for lunches, the Thursday night dinner reception at the Lighthouse, and the Friday afternoon river cruise/sonar demonstration (see the downloadable registration form; full registration fees for all events & meals is $90 or $73 for students with current student ID). The Symposium traditionally attracts a diverse range of scholars, students, and interested members of the public, and provides a relaxed setting where these groups can all interact. Participants may attend all of the presentations, or may choose to come and go as they please throughout the three days (Wednesday – Friday) of slideshow sessions and other activities.
This year there will be a special theme focusing on the design, reconstruction, and maintenance of historic boat and ship replicas, in light of an increasing number of wooden boat and ship building projects in St. Augustine, including the plan by the 450 Corps to build a replica 16th century caravel in time for the city’s 450th anniversary in 2015.
NEW: Online Pre-Registration Form
Click here to download the 2009 Pre-Registration Form in Word.doc format
Please register by March 20 to avoid late fees. Simply download the form and follow instructions to fax, mail, or email the completed form to us. Prices are detailed in the form, as are meals and menu options.
Click here to download the 2009 Symposium Schedule in pdf format
Wednesday March 25
Time Event
Morning Paper Session, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
8:30-900 Morning Registration
9:00-9:45 Welcome & Introduction
Kathy Fleming, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Michael Shirley, Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas Research Reserve
Marty Healey, Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas Research Reserve
9:45-10:30 Astilleros Nereo and LAMP Boatworks: Bridging the Atlantic through Replicas
Sam Turner, LAMP
10:30-11:15 Sixteenth-Century Caravels in the Twenty-First Century
Filipe Castro, Texas A&M University
11:15-12:00 The Sarsfield Replica: A Well Informed Replica Project
Morgan Sanger, The Columbus Foundation (Niña replica)
12:00-1:30 LUNCH (Pizza buffet at Pizza Garden, $11)
Afternoon Paper Session, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
1:30-2:15 Learning By Doing: Reconstructing an Ancient Egyptian Seagoing Ship
Cheryl Ward, Florida State University
2:15-3:00 Origins, Construction, and Operation of the Schooner Denis Sullivan
LeeAnne Gordon, Schooner Denis Sullivan
3:00-3:45 Maritime Heritage Trails: A Model for the Apalachicola River
Irina Franklin, University of West Florida and FPAN
3:45-4:30 Archaeology Under New Hampshire Waters: Boats, Bridges,
David Switzer, Plymouth State University
KeyNote Address, Flagler Room, Flagler College
7:00-8:00 Dr. Russell Skowronek, Santa Clara University
“X Marks the Spot—Or does it?: Fiction and Fact in the
Archaeology of Piracy”
Thursday March 26
Field Trip or Workshop Options
8:00-8:30 Morning Registration, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
8:30-12:00 Guided tour of the facilities, grounds, and archaeological sites of the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
8:30-12:00 Shipwreck Artifact Recording Workshop at the St. Augustine
12:00-1:30 LUNCH (pre-ordered box lunches at Lighthouse)
Afternoon Paper Session, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
1:30-2:15 An “Adventure” at Charles Towne Landing – Rebuilding and Managing a 17th-century Tall Ship
Patrick Cook, Charles Towne Landing (Adventure II)
2:15-3:00 North Carolina’s Elizabeth II: A 25 Year Perspective on
Operating a Replica Ship
Scott Stroh, Roanoke Island Festival Park (Elizabeth II)
3:00-3:25 The Brick Wreck: Preliminary Investigation of a Recently Discovered 19th-century Brick Carrying Vessel
Dean Nones, University of West Florida
3:25-3:50 The Submerged History of Kentucky Lake
Tiffany Goldhamer, University of West Florida
3:50-4:35 HMS Fowey Lost and Found
George Fischer, National Park Service and Florida State University
and Russell Skowronek, Santa Clara University
Booksigning and Dinner Reception
6:30-10:00 St Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
Friday March 27
Morning Paper Session, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
8:30-9:00 Morning Registration
9:00-9:45 The Schooner Virginia and Florida’s Role in HAMMS – Historic American Merchant Marine Survey
Tom Carr and Dan Smith, avocational historians
9:45-10:30 Voyage of the Alligator – The Story of an Ocklawaha
River Steamboat and Some of the History of the Lucas Line
Dan Smith, avocational historian
10:30-11:15 Hunting the Alligator: Investigation of the Steamboat Remains at Grimsley Cove, Crescent Lake
Chuck Meide and Christine Mavrick, LAMP
11:15-12:00 500 Fathoms of Water: The Archaeological Remains of a Mid-Late Nineteenth Century Sailing Vessel in the Gulf of Mexico
Christopher Horrell, Minerals Management Service
12:00-1:30 LUNCH (Gypsy Cab buffet)
Afternoon Paper Session, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
1:30-2:15 World War II and the Battle of the Atlantic
David Ball, Minerals Management Service
2:15-3:00 Rocks and Rubbish: Pensacola’s Maritime Community Exposed
Kendra Kennedy, University of West Florida
3:00-3:25 Synergy of the Cultural and the Natural: The Heritage
Awareness Diving Seminar
Della Scott-Ireton, Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)
and Debra Shefi, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research
3:25-3:50 Comparison of Plant Remains from the Emanuel Point
Colleen Reese, University of West Florida
3:50-4:15 The St. Augustine Logboat
Robin Moore, St. Johns County
4:15-4:40 Florida’s Fleet: An Ebb Tide of Shrimpers on the San Sebastian River
Brendan Burke, LAMP
Sunset River Cruise
6:15-8:15 Victory III Cruise and Remote Sensing Technology Demonstration (Drinks included)
A block of rooms will be reserved through March 10th for Symposium speakers and attendees at the Sleep Inn for a special Symposium rate of $59.95 per night. This hotel is located on Anastasia Island just down the road from the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and is well-situated between the beaches and the historic downtown area. Participants who call should ask for the rate under the name “Maritime Symposium.”
Click here for a map showing the Sleep Inn at 601 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080, courtesy of Google Maps.

Click here for a map showing the Symposium location at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080, courtesy of Google Maps.

Online Program
For more information on the Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology, please visit the official webpages for the 2008 Symposium and 2007 Symposium. At these pages you may access previous schedules, programs, and other information.
You may also check out descriptions and pictures from these previous Symposiums on our blog. Click here for the 2008 blog entry and here for the 2007 blog entry.
Please stay tuned to this page for updated information! See you in March 2009!