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August 2008 Archives

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August 27, 2008

Fever in the Barn

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMPosts


To everybody who's keeping track of LAMP's research boat, the Island Fever, here is an update which encompasses the project history, current events, and our future plans. Read on!

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August 23, 2008

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition


August 23 has been designated by UNESCO as International Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The trans-Atlantic slave trade was one of the most massive violations of human rights in modern history. From the 16th through 19th centuries as many as 17 million Africans were stolen away from their homelands, families, dreams, and aspirations, to be transported in a deadly voyage across the ocean where they had few choices but to make a new life in the face of the horrific system of New World slavery and institutionalized racism. The hopes and dreams enslaved Africans kept alive came to fruition first with the legal abolition of the slave trade (by Britain and America in 1807) and finally with the abolition of slavery itself, at various dates by various nations (British colonies in 1833, French colonies in 1848, the United States in 1865, Cuba in 1886, and the last hold-out, Brazil, in 1888).

The ships that played a role in the Atlantic slave trade have increasingly piqued the interest of maritime archaeologists, though few have been located and identified. Two known slave ships have wrecked in St. Augustine waters. To date, neither has been discovered.

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August 11, 2008

LAMP Hosts ROV Launch


This past Friday LAMP deployed a new instrument to recover data from the 1764 shipwreck of the Industry.

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Days of Discovery Summer Camp 2008

Posted by: Erin Wilson, Camp Educator in Days of Discovery Summer Camp

It seems like only yesterday that Days of Discovery Summer Camp 2008 began, and yet here we are saying goodbye. Kathleen, Kyle, Trevor, and I, along with everyone here at the Lighthouse & Museum, would like to thank all of our campers for making our summer so enjoyable. We hope every child had as much fun in camp as we did.

We're already looking forward to Lighthouse Summer Camp 2009. Watch our website for details.

Over and Under the Sea/ Explorers Over and Under the Sea

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August 8, 2008

Monitoring the Wreck of the Florida with Side Scan Sonar, and a new Florida Webpage

The twisted steel wreckage of the sunken steam dredge Florida can be seen in this sonar image. The Florida was lost in 1918 off Crescent Beach, south of St. Augustine.

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