Tag: St. Johns Riverkeeper

Abandoned Houseboat on the St. Johns River // Derelict Vessel Woes // It Sunk at Our Dock

A houseboat has dragged anchor and landed next to our dock. It’s sunk, abandoned, and we can’t get rid of it. Formerly, it was someone’s home; their whole life encapsulated on the water. Romanticism aside, if we get another hurricane, it will damage our dock. Or, if it caught on fire, it could spread to our neighborhood. We’ve spent two years trying to get it removed.

Derelict Houseboat Story // Seems We’re Stuck With It // Deep Water Happy

A houseboat has landed next to our dock. It’s sunk, abandoned, and we can’t get rid of it. Over the last two years, we have contacted the county commissioners dozens of times, attended county commission meetings, and sought to have this derelict vessel removed from our property. While it looks kind of cute, it’s actually in pretty bad shape. It’s been ransacked, and it is full of plastic waste and rotten wood. Tarps have been disintegrating and falling in the St. Johns River, along with other plastic debris. It was moored out on an anchor that dragged more than once. Previously, it had broken loose of its mooring and damaged a neighbor’s dock.

Come Boating With Me // Pride of Palatka Florida Riverboat Tours // Deep Water Happy

The Pride of Palatka operates from the City Dock in Palatka, Florida taking passengers on riverboat tours of the St. Johns River. The Pride of Palatka is a 45-foot pontoon boat US Coast Guard certified to carry up to 49 passengers. She operates on the St. Johns River, taking explorers north and south on the river to experience the natural beauty of this river that flows north.

St. Johns River // Bartram Frolic // Riverboat Tour in Palatka, Florida

Every September, the Putnam County Bartram Trail in Putnam County, Florida hosts their annual Bartram Frolic commemorating William Bartram’s travels on the St. Johns River in 1774. This year’s frolic was the 245th anniversary of William Bartram’s travels through Palatka. I serve as the riverboat captain, commanding a 45 foot pontoon boat powered with twin 200 hp Yamaha outboard‘s on jack plates. This boat is a dream to operate, and the guided riverboat tours are a favorite part of the historic weekend.

St. Johns River Mule Boat // Bronson-Mulholland House // Palatka Florida // Deep Water Happy

Learning about the St. Johns River Mule Boat sunken wreck off Whetstone Point near Palatka, FL at the Bronson-Mulholland House. I give you a glimpse inside the historic Bronson-Mulholland House while attending a talk about a St. Johns River Mule Boat. Brendan Burke from the St. Augustine Lighthouse LAMP Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program describes the discovery and preservation of a flats boat found on the St. Johns River at Whetstone Point.

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