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August 18, 2009

Sea, Shore, Shrimp and Slime: Summer Camp 2009

Posted by: in Education

We are finished with summer camp for this year, but we had a great time! All of the activities gave the campers a chance to investigate the maritime heritage and culture of St Augustine. Over the 6 weeks, campers identified a host of marine animals and plants on walks to Salt Run and through the marine hammock including hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, oysters, clams, periwinkles, a flounder, a yellow tail tuna, dolphins, turtles, gulls, heron, mangroves, red bay trees, beauty berries, poison oak…and even a live whelk without its shell! They hauled sail aboard the schooner Freedom and cruised comfortably aboard the Victory III where they got to see the coast from a different perspective. During “Shrimping and Fishing” they tried their luck fishing with cane poles and learned the basics of sailing. During “Marine Ecology” they studied plants and animals found in our coastal environment and did a beach clean up in an effort to help preserve the fragile habitats. During “Historic Foodways” they learned to understand what it was like to travel across the ocean, arrive in a new place, look for food and adapt our customary tastes. They visited the exhibits in the keeper’s house and climbed the lighthouse more than once.

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August 8, 2009

Historic ship replica burns

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMPosts

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Sad news from the Netherlands last week. The historic replica ship Prins Willem caught fire and was totally consumed in the port of Den Helder, where it was a popular site for tourists and local maritime buffs alike. The original Prins Willem was the flagship of the Dutch East India Company, built in 1649 and wrecked off the coast of Madagascar in 1662.

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