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Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. awarded a $499,999 grant

2020-01-17T16:04:32-05:00January 17th, 2020|

The St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Inc. (LAMP) has been awarded a $499,999 grant for the First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project: Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment and Mitigation Strategy from a Hurricane Irma National Park Service Subgrant from the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. Funding for this program is provided by the National Park Service (NPS) pursuant to its Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria (HIM) Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) Grant Program. [...]

Jan. 16: Lighthouse Archaeologist Nicholas Budsberg to speak at The Players Community Senior Center

2020-01-07T15:34:24-05:00January 6th, 2020|

Highbourne Cay Shipwreck Archaeologist Nicholas Budsberg St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeologist Nicholas Budsberg will speak on Thursday, January 16 from 11 AM to 12 PM at The Players Community Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane, in Ponte Vedra Beach. This talk will be about the earliest Spanish explorers in the New World and the 1513 voyage of Ponce de Leon. "The focus of the talk is the shipwreck I have been working on in the [...]

Jan. 21 & Jan. 31: Maritime Archaeologist Chuck Meide to be featured speaker

2020-01-06T14:33:03-05:00January 3rd, 2020|

January 21 - GTM Research Reserve at Marineland Archaeologist Chuck Meide Archaeologist Chuck Meide, with the Lighthouse Maritime Archaeological Program at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, will be the featured speaker from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at  the GTM Research Reserve field office in the town of Marineland at 9741 Oceanshore Blvd, just south of Marineland Dolphin Adventure, on the west side of the road. The speaker [...]

Sunken history: Ponte Vedra Beach shipwreck presents snapshot of centuries-old maritime customs

2019-09-09T09:51:56-04:00September 9th, 2019|

From The St. Augustine Record By Colleen Jones Brendan Burke has been studying shipwrecks for years — dozens of them in different pieces and conditions. Archaeologist Brendan Burke will speak about wooden shipwrecks at 7 p.m. September 12, 2019 at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. But when a shipwrecked hull, the ribs of its frame almost fully intact, washed ashore south of Ponte Vedra Beach in late-March 2018, Burke had the chance to study a historical [...]

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum welcomes Cultural Heritage team from Spain

2019-04-26T14:44:29-04:00April 26th, 2019|

From left: John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager; Manuel de la Cruz, Edriel Intelligence; Carlos Leon Amores, General Subdirectorate of Historical Heritage of the Ministry of Culture for the Nation of Spain; Kathy Fleming, Executive Director of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum; Francisco Sanchez-Guitard, Edriel Intelligence and member of a Spanish boat building family; Leanna Freeman, Vice Mayor City of St. Augustine; John Valdes, City Commissioner, City of St. Augustine; Irving Kass, Owner of [...]

NEW Keeper Tours & Nation’s Oldest Port® Demos at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum!

2019-03-28T15:46:12-04:00March 28th, 2019|

Guests to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum can now learn even more about the maritime history of our area. New Nation’s Oldest Port® Demos reveal stories about daily life of a St. Augustine Lighthouse Keeper, how sailors navigated the seas before GPS, and how our Lighthouse Archaeologists discover artifacts underwater on shipwrecks – along with other maritime topics during these interactive and fun experiences. St. Augustine Lighthouse Keeper Jason Smith stands on the [...]

Historical Background: St. Augustine, the American Revolution, and the Loyalist Influx

2019-02-06T10:28:10-05:00February 6th, 2019|

“After the surrender of Charleston in 1782, within two days no less than 16 vessels, bearing refugiés and their effects, went to pieces here and many persons lost their lives.”  - Johann David Schoepf, 1788 While the identity and exact date of the Storm Wreck remains unknown, the evidence uncovered to date suggests that this vessel was shipwrecked at the mouth of the St. Augustine Inlet in the late 18th century, possibly in the years [...]

Storm Wreck Videos

2019-02-05T14:30:39-05:00February 5th, 2019|

https://youtu.be/0sTRPP2dSnc?list=UUBFwQkHo08ZTXEqbW-RE6MQ A brief introduction to the history and excavation of the Storm Wreck. This video includes underwater footage from August 2013, when we have had the best visibility on the shipwreck since its discovery in 2009. https://youtu.be/DWX6zvpzkIM The formal unveiling of the Storm Wreck cannons at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, narrated by LAMP Director Chuck Meide, 18 November 2011 https://youtu.be/NVMSZ_n5rNg Cleaning the iron cannons from the Storm Wreck, narrated by LAMP Archaeological Conservator [...]

Davit and Goliath; Landing a Big Fish on Light Tackle the Archaeological Way

2019-02-05T13:06:53-05:00February 5th, 2019|

By Brendan Burke, 2012 This paper documents the raising of two cannons from the Storm Wreck, 8SJ5459, during the 2011 LAMP field season and the logistics involved in this process. Apparatus and recovery methods were designed to provide an in-house lifting capability, allowing the archaeological team more flexibility in recovery technique, timing of the operation, and tools used. Equipment was limited to commonly-available components in order to minimize cost and increase flexibility in the use of [...]

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