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December 22, 2013

A Special Link to Model Photos

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

HMS Victory - the ship's wheel.

The people who have visited with the ship modelers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum have been a widely varied group. They seem to have had one thing in common, however. After having spoken with our group of modelers, most have expressed an interested in following our progress on the current model we are working on, HMS Victory.

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The Days of Yore, Ponce de Leon & Ship Models

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

The San Cristobal, a Spanish bergantin, was one of the ships of the Ponce de Leon Expedition to Florida in 1513.

In early 2013, St. Augustine celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon's legendary expedition to Florida's coast. Three ships, the Santiago, the San Cristobal and the Santa Maria de la Consolacion, set out from Puerto Rico on March 4, 1513. The fleet crossed open water until April 2, 1513, when they sighted land which Ponce de León believed was another island. He named it La Florida in recognition of the verdant landscape and because it was the Easter season, which the Spaniards called Pascua Florida (Festival of Flowers).

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December 13, 2013

1881 Instructions to Light Keepers

Posted by: Chuck Meide in From the Lens Room, LAMPosts


An email made its way across staff computers today bringing to our attention a new post on the Lighthouse History blog. Its a summary of the Instructions to Light-Keepers, a formal set of guidelines set by the U.S. government's Light-House Board for Lighthouse Keepers across the country. Its a great read so I thought I'd bring it to folks attention on our own blog.

Some highlights from Lighthouse History:

The 1881 Instructions began, “The Keeper is responsible for the care and management of the light, and for the station in general. He must enforce a careful attention to duty on the part of his assistants; and the assistants are strictly enjoined to render prompt obedience to his lawful orders.” Absences had to be communicated to those left in charge and reported to the inspector. “Light-keepers may leave their stations to attend divine worship on Sundays, to procure needful supplies, and on important public occasions.”

“Watches must be kept at all stations where there is an assistant. The keeper on watch must remain in the watch room and give continuous attention to the light while he is on duty. When there is no assistant, the keeper must visit the light at least twice during the night between 8 p.m. and sunrise; and on stormy nights the light must be constantly looked after.”

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