Part of WWII-era plane washes ashore in Ponte Vedra Beach
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – After the nor’easter last week, part of a Navy plane dating back to World War II washed in South Ponte Vedra Beach. The plane has "landed" onsite ✈️ Our team believes this artifact is a WWII era Grumman F4F Wildcat. Another complication is the mixture of materials found such as aluminum and steel, said Andrew Thomson, the museum’s archaeological conservator. That’s something to which Bob Buehn, a retired Navy aviator and chairman of the lighthouse’s board of directors, can relate. Coincidentally, the museum just opened a World War II exhibit and it would like to see if the plane could stay permanently.
Crane gets stuck trying to move shipwreck on Ponte Vedra Beach
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Archeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum have teamed up with the state to salvage a large piece of a shipwreck on Ponte Vedra Beach. Crews will attempt, for a second time, to remove the 47-foot-long wooden hull to higher ground- where it will be safer, Friday morning. Crews then had to secure the hull with a rope to make sure it wouldn't wash back out into the ocean during high tide. RELATED: Shipwreck may be from 18th centuryThe shipwreck is the property of the state of Florida. After surveying it, experts believe it is from a ship that may date back to the 18th century.