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November 19, 2013

Shipmodeling - A New Hobby or An Ancient Tradition?

Posted by: Sue Callaham, Ship Modeler in LAMPosts, Ship Model Journal

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An ancient clay model of a Greek warship.

Ship modeling is most definitely not a "new" hobby by any means! In fact, its history goes much further back than most people actually realize. Ship and boat models have been discovered in the Mediterranean dating from ancient Egypt, Greece and Phoenicia. Models are a thing of beauty but also of tremendous historic value to also help archaeologists in estimating size of various sea vessels used in real life.

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Former LAMP student, now CEO of Britain's Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust, investigates Scottish shipwreck

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This shipwreck was recently exposed on the beach at Bamburgh Castle in Scotland. One of our former students, Jessica Berry, was called in to investigate.

Here at LAMP we always are proud to see our former students make good! We recently saw a news story involving one of our 2007 Field School students, Jessica Berry. She was a Flinders University student at the time, working on her master's degree, and she participated in the joint Flinders-LAMP Field School in that year, which was the first Field School LAMP ever sponsored (we have continued to run a summer field school in maritime archaeology each year since). Jessica, a native of the United Kingdom, was a great student, lots of fun to work with, and she even authored some of our LAMPosts Blog entires--check them out here and here .

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November 15, 2013

ACTION ALERT! Public Meeting to Discuss National Heritage Area

Posted by: Chuck Meide in LAMPosts

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We need you to attend a St. Augustine City Commission meeting on Wednesday November 20th to show your support for the proposed Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area

The Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area is a project that we have invested a lot of time, effort, and enthusiasm in. National Heritage Areas are places with such distinctive history and cultural patrimony that they receive a special designation from Congress and the U.S. Department of the Interior as a place of special heritage. Such a designation also provides access to special grant funding which can go towards historical or archaeological research, historic preservation projects, educational programs, marketing, or other appropriate projects. National Heritage Areas do not entail any governmental regulations (unlike National Parks or Marine Sanctuaries). For the past several years we have been working on building an alliance of community groups, businesses, city and county governments, and other organizations from Nassau through Flagler Counties to create a National Heritage Area in this part of Northeast Florida which would bring attention to the special maritime heritage of the region around the nation's oldest port.

To date, we have seen widespread support throughout the counties that would be included within the proposed Heritage Area. On Wednesday, 20 November 2013, the City of St. Augustine will be having a public meeting, and on the agenda will be the proposal that the City formally support the proposed National Heritage Area as we prepare the final package for review by lawmakers in Washington D.C. We would like anyone who is a supporter of LAMP, the Lighthouse, and the archaeological and historical heritage in our region to come to this meeting to show their support for our National Heritage Area.

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November 8, 2013

The Story of the Ship Behind the Model

Posted by: Sue Callaham, Ship Modeler in LAMPosts, Ship Model Journal

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HMS Victory at Portsmouth Dockyard in England

HMS Victory remains as majestic today as she was on launch day, May 7th, 1765. This ship and her mother country will celebrate the ship's 250th birthday in 2015. The Eighteenth Century: Still Alive in England ...

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Yachts, Ship Models and a Love Story

Posted by: Sue Callaham, Ship Modeler in LAMPosts, Ship Model Journal

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Doug Anderson and the Victory

Today's blog begins by going backwards in time a bit. I would like to share a kind of "Love Story", one which eventually brought the model HMS Victory to the Lighthouse. As time and this blog go on, we will talk about the little-known Rebecca and other models as well, posting photos as each of the ships progress.

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November 7, 2013

Prominent investor blasts treasure hunting as a worthless investment--UPDATED

Posted by: Chuck Meide in In the News, LAMPosts

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Photograph by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo

UPDATED -- Click here for an update to this story via a press release from Meson Capital Partners, LLC. Full updated report is here.


This morning we saw an article in Bloomberg Businessweek highlighting a report released by a Wall Street short seller and investment activist. This report is a damning indictment of the treasure hunting industry, and in particular Odyssey Marine, the well-known treasure hunting company based out of Tampa:

Exploring shipwrecks may provide fun and adventure, but whether it’s a good business is a different question. Perhaps the most well-known treasure hunter, Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX), has made headlines for years, including last year when, as my colleague Susan Berfield reported at the time, Odyssey’s brash chief executive officer led the money-losing company in an (ultimately unsuccessful) battle to claim profit from coins found in a Spanish shipwreck. The company’s now in the limelight again, and not in a flattering way. Late last week, a young activist investor published a 66-page report (pdf) outlining an argument for why Odyssey’s stock “is worth $Zero.” The investor, Ryan Morris, alleged the company used offshore entities to obscure its true value, and the company let executives “live a life of glamor hunting the ocean while disappointed investors foot the bill.”

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November 6, 2013

6/11/2013: "Shrimp Boat City" book launching

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

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And so we begin .... The Journey of a Lifetime!

Posted by: Sue Callaham, Ship Modeler in LAMPosts, Ship Model Journal

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This is one of the models you will find on your visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.

Welcome!

We hope you will enjoy this new blog, the Ship Model Journal, provided by the modelers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum! Unknown to many visitors, the Museum houses an incredible collection of ship models. They are on display throughout the museum, in the gift ship and the Keepers' House. Some are quite large while others are fairly small. Some have tremendous detail while amazing in their simplicity. When you tour the Lighthouse facility, be sure to check them out.

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