Shipwreck Discovery!

 

 

Archaeologists at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum had an exceptionally exciting week with the discovery of a 19th century ship that washed ashore in South Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County, north of Flagler County. 

 

According to the Florida Times-Union, “The hull of ship, estimated to date from the late 1700s to the 1800s, was originally sheathed in copper, as evidenced by some copper tack heads that were still visible. Wooden pegs or nails, called trunnels, which were used to secure the hull to the wooden ribs, were also visible, as are Roman numerals carved on the ribs, said maritime historian Brendan Burke.”

 

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has a team of maritime archaeologists who are no stranger to fascinating finds. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the "First Coast" region of Florida, and beyond. 

 

A visit to the museum is a fun day trip and visitors can climb 219 steps up the historic lighthouse to see a breathtaking view of St. Augustine and the waters of the oldest continually occupied European port city in the continental United States.

 

For more information, go to http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/index.htm

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