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Written in History

2022-04-06T08:53:25-04:00April 6th, 2022|

(Photo credit: Mark Krancer) Memorial Park is a historic city park located on the north side of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. Following World War I, the Rotary Club of Jacksonville created the park to commemorate the Floridians who died in WWI, with a large copper statue serving as a memorial. At the statue’s base, a time capsule was interred on December 24, 1924, containing a scroll with a list of the Florida [...]

The Tragedy of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

2022-04-25T10:48:26-04:00February 1st, 2022|

In August of 1939, Albert Einstein and other scientists sent a letter to then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt warning of a Nazi program that could develop a nuclear bomb. In response to this threat, Roosevelt authorized the Manhattan Project to proceed under the guidance of General Leslie Groves, the development of America's first nuclear weapon. President Roosevelt died on April 12th of 1945, and Harry Truman assumed his presidency, during the first month of which [...]

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo – From Florida

2022-04-25T10:47:55-04:00December 7th, 2021|

In the months immediately following the December 7th attack in 1941 on the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, American resolve was codified into a call for action. Something had to be done quickly to send a message to Imperial Japan that they were not out of our reach. Payback was coming. In this photo is what appears to be a Japanese Aichi D3A1 Dive Bomber taking up an attack angle for another run [...]

Heritage Boatworks 2021 Boat Drawing

2022-03-07T15:11:35-05:00November 10th, 2021|

The Heritage Boatworks boat drawing is a tradition held on Luminary Night every year. This year, the event will take place on Wednesday, December 1st, from 6 to 9 p.m. Heritage Boatworks is a group of volunteers dedicated to keeping the art and skill of wooden boatbuilding alive in St. Augustine. Throughout 2021, volunteers from Heritage Boatworks, a Nation's Oldest Port® program at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, worked diligently to create two [...]

Lighthouse Illuminations

2021-12-28T12:48:14-05:00October 25th, 2021|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-ram8nVZ4&t=2s Visit the Museum during Nights of Lights for Tides, Tidings, and Trees. Daytime general admission tickets get you in the door to enjoy seasonally decorated grounds and buildings. As the sun goes down, purchase after-hours Lighthouse Illumination tickets for an extraordinary experience. Explore the Keepers’ house and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands, and enjoy a sensational view of the Lighthouse’s night mark. Spots are filling up quickly, as there’s limited availability! PURCHASE YOUR [...]

Crescent Beach Shipwreck: The Caroline Eddy

2021-10-11T14:29:11-04:00October 11th, 2021|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBJJirfR2wc (Drone footage courtesy of Eric Wilson, LAMP Volunteer) The entirety of the Crescent Beach Shipwreck Maritime archaeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum’s research arm, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), have documented the entirety of the Crescent Beach Shipwreck site. In November 2020, LAMP was notified of a previously unknown shipwreck that had become exposed on the southern end of Crescent Beach. Local beachgoers noticed the wooden wreckage and posted pictures on [...]

A new Barca Chata and a History of Boatbuilding in St. Augustine

2021-08-03T10:45:12-04:00August 2nd, 2021|

Heritage Boatworks, a Nation’s Oldest Port® program at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, just finished a Barca Chata, which is Spanish for flatboat. This simple flat-bottomed boat design saw widespread use in colonial America and continued through the beginning of the 20th century. Heritage Boatworks, a volunteer-run program dedicated to keeping the tradition of boatbuilding alive in St. Augustine, also made a separate Barca Chata, which was recently donated to Fort Mose Historic [...]

Seagulls on Patrol

2021-08-03T09:36:10-04:00July 12th, 2021|

When we think of U.S. Naval Aviation, most of us immediately picture the mighty aircraft carriers, decks bristling with a wide array of aviation assets that can take to the sky at a moment’s notice. But aircraft carriers, as impressive as they are, are not the only vessels to launch and recover aircraft while underway at sea. In fact, they were not the first to do so either. Navies worldwide began launching and recovering aircraft [...]

Florida’s Women Go to War

2021-08-03T09:35:45-04:00March 31st, 2021|

At one point in history, it was unheard of for women to go to war. The movie industry reinforced depictions of the stereotypical wife or sweetheart remaining home, crying into her hanky while her man went off to war, time and time again. The actual reality of those times is anything but that. It is estimated between 400 and 750 women disguised themselves as men and fought on the front lines during the American Civil [...]

One a Day in Tampa Bay

2021-03-10T10:20:19-05:00March 10th, 2021|

Tragedy at MacDill AFB Situated strategically four miles south of Tampa, Florida, at the end of a peninsula that separates Old Tampa Bay from Hillsborough Bay is MacDill Air Force Base. Established on May 24th, 1939, for the Army Air Corps, it was initially called Southeast Air Base, Tampa. The base has overseen a variety of missions that continue today. However, this article focuses on only a short period at the outbreak of World War [...]

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