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Conservation

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

2021-01-19T10:50:38-05:00January 19th, 2021|

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 that day from two Navy [...]

Dune Erosion Reveals New Shipwreck at Crescent Beach

2020-11-25T18:14:33-05:00November 17th, 2020|

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The recent tropical storm helped to uncover the remains of a shipwreck buried under a dune along Crescent Beach. Mark O’Donoghue, a local resident, found the exposed timbers and reached out to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Director, Chuck Meide. The LAMP team began inspecting and documenting the shipwreck the same day. After completing the initial survey, the LAMP team determined that the ship is likely an American [...]

Part from World War II-Era Plane Found!

2020-10-02T10:19:53-04:00October 2nd, 2020|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum received the tail section of a World War II-era plane that washed up along South Ponte Vedra Beach during the recent nor’easter.  The initial findings suggest that the part came from a F4F Wildcat, an aircraft produced by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation mostly based on aircraft carriers.    The section includes a tail hook suggesting it was carrier-based.  As the plane came in for a landing, the tail [...]

Stuck at Home: Virtually Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

2020-03-28T09:00:17-04:00March 28th, 2020|

#LoveYourLighthouse Your St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is closed to protect you and your lighthouse family from COVID-19. While we are closed, we invite you to take virtual tours of the lighthouse and museum in the following YouTube videos. Your Gift of Love for our Maritime Heritage Makes A Difference. Donate today, or take advantage of deep discount opportunities by visiting www.staugustinelighthouse.org. Stay Safe and #LoveYourLighthouse Tour the St. Augustine Lighthouse with Head Lighthouse Keeper Rick [...]

Ivory Lice Comb found on 1782 shipwreck

2019-07-30T15:09:53-04:00July 30th, 2019|

This lice comb was found in a concretion from the Storm shipwreck, a 1782 American Revolutionary War shipwreck excavated by St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum archaeologists and students from 2009-2017. View other artifacts from this shipwreck in WRECKED!, an exhibit in the Keepers' House at the Museum. Read more about the shipwreck here. View artifacts in the WRECKED! exhibit which were found on the 1782 American Revolutionary War shipwreck. This photo shows artifacts in [...]

Slideshow: 1924 Time Capsule Scroll

2018-10-02T13:32:31-04:00October 2nd, 2018|

A 1924 Time Capsule was unearthed on Thursday, September 27 at Jacksonville's Memorial Park, containing a scroll of 1,220 names of Floridians who died in WWI. The time capsule was brought to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum's conservation lab on Friday, September 28 due to water intrusion. On Monday, October 1, the Conservation team at the Museum, along with expert paper conservator Ann Siebert, opened the copper box containing the scroll. See PHOTOS below [...]

What ‘shoe’ don’t know about archaeological shoe fragments 

2018-08-07T14:59:11-04:00August 7th, 2018|

These shoe buckles are on view in the Conservation Lab at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. By Elise Carroll Assistant Archaeological Conservator Many significant pieces of history are often over looked because of the regularity of the items occurring. Bright, shiny, seemingly significant objects, such as cannon and coins take center stage, while mundane utilitarian items are often overlooked because of their everyday use. Unsurprisingly, many of the archaeological sites we [...]

Updates from the Lab

2018-05-01T13:15:43-04:00May 1st, 2018|

While our beautiful new Maritime Archaeology and Education Center (MAEC) was being built, conservation was disassembled and all artifacts were put into a state of monitored wet storage. Taking those items out of storage and getting conservation back on track has been a slow and detailed process. This process requires an inventory and condition analysis of all items, as well as setting up each area of conservation in order for treatments to begin. Though we [...]

Discoveries at the Barracks

2018-03-21T16:11:54-04:00March 21st, 2018|

The World War II-era United States Coast Guard (USCG) structure on site is currently being restored after serving as office space for many years at the Museum. The structure was constructed after the US entered into World War II. Before December 1941, the US military was in various stages of mobilization that included increasing military personnel, munitions and equipment. The official telegram that head keeper Daniels received, which initiated a military mobilization plan that [...]

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