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March 2009 Archives

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March 25, 2009

3/25/09-3/27/09 The 3rd Annual Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology

Posted by: Chuck Meide in Events, LAMP Events, LAMPosts

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FOR INFORMATION ON THE 2010 SYMPOSIUM (MARCH 17-20, 2010) CLICK HERE!

The 2009 Northeast Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology will be held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in America's oldest port, St. Augustine, Florida, from March 25 to March 27, 2009.

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March 19, 2009

Action Alert: GTM-NERR Needs Your Help!

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMPosts

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Our neighbor to the north, the Guana Tolomato Matazas National Estuarine Research Reserve, is in danger of losing a major portion of its funding unless we act now. Due to a Tallahassee snafu, money from a Land Acquisition Trust Fund has been reallocated to the legislature's general fund. With this move, unless we are proactive it will never make its way back into St. Augustine's beautiful estuaries and marshes. Read below to find out how it will directly and negatively effect our community unless we act now.

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March 18, 2009

Journal of a Voyage at Sea

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMPosts

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A maritime archaeologist rarely gets to spend time with a wooden sailing ship that has not yet sunk. The following is an accounting of my time onboard the Chesapeake Pilot Schooner Virginia and our voyage from Jacksonville to Miami.

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March 12, 2009

3/12/09 Presentation: Before the Wreck: The Intimate Life of a Pilot Schooner

Posted by: Brendan Burke in Events, LAMP Events, LAMPosts

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Presentation Title: Before the Wreck: The Intimate Life of a Pilot Schooner
Speaker: Brendan Burke
Time: Thursday, March 12th, 7:00 pm
Place: Anastasia Gallery (upstairs in Keeper's House), St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

You are invited to attend a talk based on my recent experience aboard the schooner Virginia, a 126' replica Chesapeake Bay pilot schooner. Owned by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Organization, Virginia sails as the goodwill ambassador ship for the Commonwealth of Virginia. I was recently invited to guest-crew aboard her for a trip to Miami from Jacksonville, where she was recently berthed for winter layup. Aboard her, I spent a great amount of time talking with the crew and captain about her rigging, sailing, construction, and how she fits into the VMHA's mission to preserve the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. Join us for an evening of tales on the high seas!

The talk will be held in the SALH Gallery at 7:00 on Thursday, March 12th and should last about 45 minutes. Coffee and water will be provided. See you there!

March 3, 2009

Echoes of the Past: Sonar Search in Robinson Creek

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMPosts

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Sliding along quietly through the marsh we inspired nothing more than nonchalant looks from bankside egrets. Looking like a routine fishing boat, the marsh waders and herons went about their day and life seemingly went on as normal through the tidal flats. However, the scene underwater was much busier. A constant and rapid pinging sound was emanating from the boat, one gathering historical data and ‘seeing’ Robinson Creek’s bottom for the first time.

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