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Lighthouse & Museum to Help Lynx Repair Ship’s Boat
Lighthouse & Museum to Help Lynx Repair Ship’s Boat

Boatworks volunteers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum will be performing a familiar task on someone else’s boat during the next month or so as they fix the breasthook, refinish the brightwork, reseal some of the planking, and perform regular maintenance on the Lynx’s historic replica ship’s boat.

Today, the 16-foot-long work boat serves as a reminder of a time when ships’ boats were essential aboard ships of Lynx’s ilk. The modern replica of the 1812, Baltimore, Maryland ship Lynx, carries only one historic replica ship’s boat and, like any boat, it requires regular maintenance and repair work. Maintaining these homages to the age of sail is considered the ongoing work of historic preservation, which makes the boatbuilding volunteers at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum uniquely qualified.

Since 2007, Boatworks volunteers for the Lighthouse’s Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) have been giving museum guests a glimpse into heritage boatbuilding as they build historically accurate small craft on site, steps from the tower door.

Museum volunteers are currently building a recreation of an 18th century yawl destined to serve aboard a replica of the Galveztown, Bernardo de Glavez’s flagship, that is very similar to the boat Lynx has asked Boatworks to help repair.

LAMP Boatworks volunteers work from 9 – 12, Tuesday – Thursday. To find out more about heritage boatbuilding and the work being done on Lynx’s ship’s boat visit the Keepers’ Blog at www.staugustinelighthouse.org/blog, or call (904) 829-0745.  

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