Storm Wreck

Storm Wreck, a 1782 St. Augustine shipwreck, added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places

2017-11-10T11:32:20-05:00November 10th, 2017|

Pulling up an artifact on the site of Storm Wreck shipwreck. The cannon is now on display in the Wrecked! exhibit at the Museum. ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Friday, November 3rd, Florida Department of State Secretary Ken Detzner announced three Florida resources on the National Register of Historic Places. Amongst the three was Storm Wreck, a wrecked British Loyalist ship from 1782 discovered by St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) archaeologists in [...]

Wrecked! Uncover the Secrets Behind Artifact Conservation

2020-01-14T11:50:40-05:00April 20th, 2016|

How do you restore an artifact that's been on the ocean floor for over 200 years? From the moment we began excavating the 1782 British loyalist shipwreck off St. Augustine's coast in 2010, our team of archaeological conservators faced the monumental task of cleaning up all of the recovered artifacts. Over the six field seasons spent diving on this wreck, now the subject of our new Wrecked! exhibition, more than 600 artifacts were recovered. Each one requires [...]

Wrecked! Go Behind-the-Scenes with Lighthouse Archaeologists

2016-04-13T08:00:20-04:00April 13th, 2016|

From now until our Wrecked! Exhibition Grand Opening on May 5th, we will be sharing weekly videos with insights on the new exhibit every Tuesday on Periscope, followed by a re-cap blog post and video every Wednesday. Follow along as we unveil this exciting new exhibit at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum! Do you know how archaeologists find shipwrecks? This and many other questions about the science behind underwater archaeology are answered in our new [...]

Wrecked! Preview Video With Exhibit Curators

2016-04-06T12:59:39-04:00April 6th, 2016|

From now until our Wrecked! Exhibition Grand Opening on May 5th, we will be sharing weekly videos with insights on the new exhibit every Tuesday on Periscope, followed by a re-cap blog post and video every Wednesday. Follow along as we unveil this exciting new exhibit at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum! This past weekend, something REALLY big happened. We opened the doors to our newest exhibition, Wrecked!, to share it with the [...]

An Unexpected Find!

2016-02-24T08:00:05-05:00February 24th, 2016|

Recently, one of our dedicated volunteers, Ed Coward, discovered something pretty fascinating. Ed comes in every Thursday to help out with artifact conservation, and he typically spends the day airscribing. This is one of our dirtiest jobs, but somehow Ed manages to stay pretty clean throughout the process as you can see in the photo. Airscribing is the process of removing concretion (build up of sand, shells, and sediment) from artifacts that have been recovered [...]

Making an Exhibit: New Reflections

2016-02-15T08:00:39-05:00February 15th, 2016|

What does it take to build a brand new museum exhibit? Over the next few months, we’re going to give you exclusive access behind the scenes as our team works together to create Wrecked! a new experience coming to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in May 2016. Read previous posts in the series: » “Boxes & Beginnings” » “Moving Ain’t Easy” “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden If [...]

Coating a Cannon for Conservation

2016-01-27T08:00:28-05:00January 27th, 2016|

The Keeper’s House at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is currently undergoing a big change. This spring will see the opening of a new, large exhibit focusing on the underwater archaeology conducted by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program staff. The new exhibit, called Wrecked!, will explain the process of finding, excavating, researching and conserving the 1782 British Loyalist shipwreck (known sometimes at the Storm Wreck) as well as displaying the numerous artifacts from the [...]

SHA 2016 is a Success! – Storm Wreck Symposium Presented in the Nation’s Capital

2016-01-13T08:00:09-05:00January 13th, 2016|

This letter, concerning the Storm Wreck vessel’s wrecking event, was written exactly 233 years before lighthouse archaeologists presented research on this wreck at the 49th annual SHA conference in Washington, D.C. On January 9, 1783, the commander of the British Royal Army in East Florida, Lieutenant Colonel Archibald McArthur, wrote a letter to the British Commander in Chief, Sir Guy Carleton, to inform him of the loss of the Rattlesnake, two victualing ships, [...]

Weighty artifacts

2015-12-30T08:00:21-05:00December 30th, 2015|

New conservation projects have taken a short break as the archaeology staff prepares for the annual Society for Historical Archaeology conference in Washington D.C., January 5-10. The SHA conference is one of the largest meetings of the year and also one of the most pertinent to underwater archaeology. The research arm of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), will be presenting findings on the Storm Wreck. Staff archaeologists, conservators [...]

Update on the Sea Service Pistol

2015-11-25T08:00:44-05:00November 25th, 2015|

Over the last month, I have been working on the flintlock pistol (previously discussed here). After separating the other artifacts, I removed some of the concretion from the pistol itself. I did not want to take too much off or get too close to the surface of any artifact materials. Instead, we took the pistol back to get additional x-rays and see if there were any hidden surprises. Taking new x-rays of the pistol. [...]

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