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HAM – Our Last Line of Communication

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) 2022 We’ve probably all seen the recent news of the severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky or the wildfires in California. In each case, as in all disaster scenarios, homes and lives are destroyed, and communication breaks down. It’s tough to call for help when the power is out, and the internet and cellular service are down. Since ancient times, lighthouses served as physical signals of [...]

August 18th, 2022|Lighthouse History|

Written in History

(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 [...]

April 6th, 2022|Conservation, Education|

The Tragedy of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

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 [...]

February 1st, 2022|Education, World War II|

A Letter to Santa from the St. Augustine Lighthouse

This December, the St. Augustine Record republished a series of Letters to Santa printed in the St. Augustine Evening Record from December 1921. Peter Willott, a reporter for the Record, worked with the staff at the St. Augustine Historical Society's Research Library to gather these letters. One of the letters came from little Eloise Malloy, the only daughter of Clarence and Agnes Malloy. Clarence served as the First Assistant Keeper [...]

December 22nd, 2021|Collections, Historical Research, Lighthouse History, Miscellaneous|

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo – From Florida

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 [...]

December 7th, 2021|Education, Uncategorized, World War II|

Heritage Boatworks 2021 Boat Drawing

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, [...]

November 10th, 2021|LAMP Boatworks|

Lighthouse Illuminations

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 [...]

October 25th, 2021|Events|

Crescent Beach Shipwreck: The Caroline Eddy

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 [...]

October 11th, 2021|Archaeology, Conservation, Historical Research|

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

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 [...]

August 2nd, 2021|LAMP Boatworks|

Seagulls on Patrol

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 [...]

July 12th, 2021|Education, World War II|

Celebrate the end of summer with the Wrecked! Exhibit!

Did you know that the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum's Wrecked! Exhibit is based around a shipwreck from the Revolutionary War? Check out our Director of Archaeology, Chuck Meide, as he gives a tour of the Wrecked! Exhibit. Access to the exhibit is included in general admission. Link to video on Wrecked! Exhibit Above: LAMP archaeologist working on a shipwreck. Above: Field school students actively participate in survey work [...]

June 23rd, 2021|Archaeology, Collections, Conservation, Field School|

Thank You, Volunteers!

April is National Volunteer Month and this past week (April 18 - 24, 2021) was Volunteer Appreciation Week.  This past week our Executive Director, Kathy Fleming, addressed our volunteers to thank them for their service, dedication, support, and hard work this past year.  As you know, COVID-19 has changed the nonprofit landscape so much, but our volunteers and staff have partnered to keep our Museum's mission and work going even [...]

April 25th, 2021|Daily Operations, Events, Volunteers|

Florida’s Women Go to War

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 [...]

March 31st, 2021|Education, World War II|

One a Day in Tampa Bay

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 [...]

March 10th, 2021|Education, World War II|

The 1760 British Yawl: Evolution of a Ship’s Boat

Pearl Harbor Day’s annual remembrance on Dec. 7 generally sends me searching for images from that horrible attack. Visiting the Pearl Harbor Naval Memorial in Hawaii some years ago was one of the most memorable moments of my life, as I gazed down at the hull of the U.S.S. Arizona, trying to imagine what it was like years before. I remember sitting outside by the harbor and listening intently to stories about [...]

January 19th, 2021|Conservation, LAMP Boatworks|
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