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November 30, 2011

Another plank for the yawlboat!

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts

Things are happening around the yard here at the LAMP Boatworks. Yesterday Jim Gaskins and Maury Keiser attached another strake to the 1760s yawlboat. This boat is being built as a ship's boat for the GalveZtown, a ship that will be built in Malaga, Spain and arrive here in St. Augustine in 2013. The project is a reminder, or an education for many of us, that Spain played an important role in the American Revolution, similar to that played by France.

Click HERE to see a video of the strake being put on. Its not the clearest video but gives you an idea of what goes into just the laying of every one of the dozens of planks on this traditionalboat.

Click here for more information about the 1760s yawlboat.

November 23, 2011

LAMP Boatworks Update (23NOV2011)

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts

The USGC buoy tender Elm rescues the tug Beth McAllister on November 5th.

Click here for last week's LAMP Boatworks update
. I post them by email to our volunteer boatbuilders but its a good blog topic to keep everyone apprised of what it is we do here. I'll post some older ones too in the next blog entry. Enjoy!

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November 21, 2011

Video Clips from the Cannon Unveiling

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMPosts

In case you couldn't make it to our Cannon Unveiling last Friday, here are some videos.

A brief bit of the speech before the unveiling . . .

The cannons are revealed . . .

Close-up view of the markings on the carronade ("9 P" designating this gun as a 9-pounder, and the year 1780) . . .

Good view of the carronade, from muzzle to breech . . .

Good view of both guns . . .

We also had other artifacts from the Storm Wreck on display. Here two of our interns, Jessica Bunke (UNF) and Nicole Alvarez (Flagler College) show off some rare treasures at the artifact table (note when our intern says "cannon clapper" she meant bell clapper, from the ship's bell) . . .

Plus here is a video of our Archaeological Conservator Starr Cox discussing the stabilization process the cannons will undergo for the next one to two years . . .

Cannon Unveiling in the News!

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMPosts

The two cannons raised by LAMP archaeologists this summer, a 4-pounder cannon and a 9-pounder carronade, were revealed to the public last Friday.

The St. Augustine Record ran a great front page story on our cannons and our special Unveiling Event:

Archaeologists unveiled two centuries-old cannons, one with a very important inscription, at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Friday night.

“It’s been hidden away for centuries,” said archaeologist Chuck Meide, director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Progam (LAMP), as he awaited the unveiling. “It hasn’t been touched for centuries.”

The cannons rested under a tent Friday night in the courtyard under the towering St. Augustine Lighthouse. They were unveiled amid a crowd historians, archaeologists, professors and others at an invitation-only event.

The cannon unveiling was a resounding success! Over a hundred people attended as we pulled back the sheets to reveal for the first time our two guns, cleaned of concretion. While the long gun did not feature any inscriptions, the carronade has proved to be a really unique piece. Its right trunnion bore the year the gun was cast, 1780, and the mark "9 P," which stands for 9-pounder (meaning this gun fired a cannon ball weighing 9 lbs). As it turns out, we now believe this is the second-earliest surviving carronade in the world (only one known carronade pre-dates it, in the collection of the Tower of London). It may also be the only surviving 9-pounder carronade, according to at least one source we have found. This carronade seems truly unique for a number of reasons--some of its features are very rare and reflect the fact that it is a very early example of what at the time was a new and high-tech weapon.

The story also made it into the Florida Times-Union, click here to read more about it.

November 18, 2011

11/18/2011 Museum Event: Cannon Unveiling

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Events, LAMPosts

LAMP Director Chuck Meide showing off one of two cannons recovered by LAMP archaeologists and revealed to the public on Friday, November 18th.

What: Cannon Unveiling Event
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse
When: Friday, November 18th, 2011

Join us for this premier museum event. On Friday evening we will be revealing to the public for the first time the two cleaned cannons recovered from the late 18th century Storm Wreck. One of these guns, a carronade manufactured by the Carron Iron Works in Falkirk, Scotland, featured a year which has helped us narrow the date of the shipwreck.

November 15, 2011

11/16/11 Lecture: Cruising in Traditional Small Craft

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


What: Lecture, "Cruising in Traditional Small Craft"
Who: Curt Bowman
Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Anastasia Gallery (Keepers' House, upstairs)
When: Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm
Sponsored by: LAMP, the First Light Maritime Society, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.

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November 14, 2011

LAMP Boatworks update (14NOV2011)

Posted by: Brendan Burke in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts


Click here for the October 21st LAMP Boatworks update!
Click here for the November 23rd LAMP Boatworks update!

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November 9, 2011

11/09/2011: Galveztown Replica Project Conference

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


The Galveztown Replica Project Conference is this afternoon here at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, with lecturers from as far away as Spain assembling to discuss this exciting project. The Galveztown was the American Revolution-era sailing brig that under the command of Bernardo de Galvez lead the expedition that captured Pensacola, thus taking both West and East Florida from the British during America's War of Independence. A team of shipwrights at the Astilleros Nereo shipyard in Malaga, Spain are planning on building a full-scale replica of this historic vessel.