The GTM Research Reserve acquired a rudder from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. A rudder is the primary control for steering any vessel that travels through water or air. This particular 14-foot mechanism is believed to come from a 500-ton ship from the early 1800s. A portion of the rudder seems to be burnt, which suggests the vessel caught fire explaining the possible loss. In the near future, we plan to build a kiosk near it featuring a description and historical information.
We are excited to learn more about this great piece of history! Here are two pictures of our staff unloading the rudder.