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June 2009 Archives

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June 29, 2009

Drowning in Social Media

Posted by: Rick Cain in From the Lens Room

Just a quick note to say that I am back. I didn't realize how long it had been since I had blogged, and so I thought I would post a quick note. Sometime earlier in the year my kids convinced me to sign onto Facebook to keep in touch with them. Since then I have gotten in touch with folks I haven't heard from since high school. But the interesting thing is that lighthouse enthusiasts have started finding me as well. This was particularly true when I signed on with Twitter. I now tweet with fellow lighthouse folks from around the country. The St. Augustine Lighthouse also has it's own Facebook page. So if you are on FB or make a habit of tweeting, look for us as we would love to know what you are up to. Just keeping up with Twitter and Facebook is enough of a challenge for this old guy that I almost forgot about my blog. Well no more! I am back on it.

You may also want to check out the Split Rock Lighthouse blog. My buddy Lee Radzak, Historic Site Manager at the station there, just started it a couple of months ago. Split Rock is already one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and then someone went and put a lighthouse there. I will do my best to get Lee on FB and Twitter as well, but things are a bit delayed up there in the wilds of Northern Minnesota, so we must be patient. You will want to check out some of his photos on their website as well.

June 24, 2009

I once was blind, but now I see . . .

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LAMP Field School student Chris Borlas takes advantage of good visibility to use a line level and folding rule to measure the depth of an excavation unit underwater. For the past three weeks, it has been so dark and murky on the wreck site that trying to see an air gauge, compass reading, tape measure, hand signal, or line level has been completely fruitless.

On the first day of diving this this week, LAMP staff and students alike were ecstatic to find that, with no warning, they could suddenly see on the shipwreck site. Visibility had been slowly improving over the past several weeks, so that divers could begin to see to a limited degree the site around them, instead of relying on groping in the dark. But all of the sudden the vis was great! We wasted no time and took advantage of these conditions while we had them.

We've posted some underwater video from Tuesday so everyone following along can experience seeing the shipwreck as we do. Check it out below!

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June 22, 2009

LAMP Field School in the News

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This photo was taken by St. Augustine Record reporter Daron Dean when he visited our excavation site on Friday. Also on hand were a film crew from Pepe Productions, including a Flagler College intern (with camera) and the film's director (helping steady her) working on an upcoming documentary.

We are always happy when our archaeological work gets local press attention, and last Sunday we were treated to a great front page story in the St. Augustine Record written by reporter Marcia Lane.

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June 20, 2009

Field School Students Take the Plunge -- First Dives Offshore

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Graduate Student Supervisor Rachel Horlings, a PhD student from Syracuse University, launches herself into the water to dive on the wreck of an unknown sailing vessel. Students from all over the U.S. have traveled to America's oldest port to participate in the 2009 LAMP Field School. Our primary objective is to excavate this sunken ballast pile in an attempt to determine if it represents the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis.

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June 19, 2009

Summer Camp:1st Week – Shrimping and Fishing, Ages 6-9

Posted by: in Education

The 28, 6-9 year old campers here for “Shrimping and Fishing” had a great time. Jonas caught a beautiful yellow fin snapper his first time fishing. Everybody climbed the lighthouse, some for the first time. During their field trip aboard the Victory III, they saw many dolphins. Overall, their 3 favorite activities during the week were fishing, climbing the lighthouse, and the music. Here are the songs that they wrote about their experiences:

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Summer Camp: 2nd Week – Shrimping and Fishing, Ages 10-12

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The campers caught 3 fish and we especially excited about learning the basics of sailing. On Wednesday, they got to test their newly learned skills aboard the schooner Freedom. The 10-12 year olds also engaged in several team- building activities. On Friday they shared their original songs with their friends and family during the final performance.

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Here are their songs:

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June 14, 2009

Archaeology Boot Camp: the 2009 LAMP Field School Begins

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Honora Sullivan-Chin, a student in the 2009 LAMP Field School, undergoes black-out mask zero visibility training under the supervision of Graduate Student Supervisor Kendra Kennedy. The first two days of Field School are an intensive training session to prepare them for the challenges on diving in zero- and low-visibility conditions on the wreck of an unknown sailing vessel offshore which might be the lost privateer and former slave ship Jefferson Davis.

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June 10, 2009

LAMP Field Season is Underway with the Arrival of the R/V Roper!

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R/V Roper, the research vessel of the Institute of Maritime History, is on loan to LAMP through the end of July. A crew of five IMH divers delivered this working dive boat from Maryland to St. Augustine in late May.

We had anticipated the arrival of the R/V Roper for months now, and in late May the day finally arrived. We had heard from our colleagues in the Chesapeake region about this vessel, about what a fantastic working dive boat she is, and finally we were going to find out for ourselves.

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June 8, 2009

6/8-6/26/2009: LAMP 2009 Summer Field School

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The 2011 LAMP Field School announcement is now online! Click here to learn about our upcoming summer field school, June 6-July 1, 2011.

UPDATE: The 2009 Field School was a great success! Click here to read the 2009 Field School blog posts!

Below is the original announcement for the 2009 Field School:

The 2009 Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) Field School will be held June 8-26, 2009 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. This comprehensive 3-week field practicum will focus on the testing of an unidentified ballast pile to make a determination whether it represents the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis, lost on the St. Augustine bar in August 1861 after the most successful cruise of the entire war. Alternate inshore sites will be investigated depending on conditions offshore.

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