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December 11, 2012

Focus on the St. Augustine Inlet

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMPosts

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel, participating in their St. Augustine training program, powers through the inlet, between channel markers and with the sea buoy in the background. Photo by Peter Willott, courtesy of the St. Augustine Record.

In last Sunday's local newspaper there was a great article on St. Augustine's Inlet. Our port's connection to the sea has always been a vital but potentially dangerous link to the outside world, and the hazards of navigating the channel are still well-known to mariners today, as they were for hundreds of years.

From the St. Augustine Record:

With constantly shifting sands, the St. Augustine Inlet has always been a challenge to navigate, and vessels have foundered trying to enter the nation’s oldest port since the earliest days of colonization. Even the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Notice to Mariners lists the St. Augustine Inlet as “dangerous due to shifting shoaling.”

LAMP's own Brendan Burke, a licensed boat captain, was consulted for the article and his quotes are prominently featured:

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December 6, 2012

Lucky Winner Takes Home Handmade Wooden Boat Built by LAMP Boatworks

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts

On Wednesday, December 5th, during the Lighthouse's Luminary Night holiday event, we drew the winning ticket in our LAMP Boatworks drawing. This raffle has been an annual event here for the last three years, and is a great way to fund our heritage boatbuilding program.

This year our boatbuilders constructed a beautiful little Chaisson tender, a stylish design dating from the early 1900s renowned for tending sailboats and yachts. The drawing was held at 8:30 pm and the lucky winner is . . . . Glynn McCoy, from Flagler County south of St. Augustine. Congratulations to Ms. McCoy for winning this fabulous little boat, and thanks to all of you that supported our boatbuilding program by participating in the drawing!

December 2, 2012

Lighthouse Seeks Volunteer Ship Model Builders

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMP Boatworks, LAMPosts


From the article in the St. Augustine Record:

When Katie McNally, from Ontario, N.Y., donated nine model boats to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in the autumn of 2011, one was held back. It wasn’t finished. It was the hull of the model of the British Ship HMS Victory, and it was being completed by her husband James G. (Jim) McNally, Jr. when he passed on in 2005.

The model ended up in the hands of the family friend, Doug Anderson, of Marsh Creek, who gave much of his time, driving and arranging the prior model ship donations to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, St. Augustine’s only Smithsonian Affiliate Museum.

The museum is looking for a volunteer modeler or modelers to take the unfinished hull in Anderson’s possession and complete it during the museum’s public hours. The volunteer or volunteers will be requested to work on the model and, at the same time, talk to the public about model building, why it is important to museums, and how it helps inform those who study ships and Atlantic Navigation. “There is much more to the art and craft of model building” than you can imagine, said museum curator Kathleen McCormick. The modelers can select from a variety of upcoming dates during the Sea Your History Weekends program funded by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

We have already had a few calls from model shipwrights interested in volunteering. In addition to the model of HMS Victory, we also have an unfinished model of the Civil War privateer Jefferson Davis that is in need of completion. If you have these skills and are interested in donating your time to these projects, please contact us at 904-829-0745, or email Dr. Sam Turner at sturner@staugustinelighthouse.org.

Read the entire article here.