Lecture at Deering Estate to discuss maritime history

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave.

The Thursday, Mar. 14, program’s topic is “Maritime History of Southern Florida” presented by Ray Stewart, maritime historian and enthusiast.

The Deering Estate at Cutler also will host its 2013 “Archaeology Day” on Saturday, Mar. 16. Activities and programs for the entire family will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including educational activities, expert lectures and walking tours of the historic Tekesta Trail.

With 2,276 statute miles of coastline, Florida cannot be studied without focusing on its maritime history, and this includes those scavengers of the sea, Pirates. Florida’s development always has depended on its waterways and the men and women who sail its coastline.

Stewart strongly believes Floridians survive, profit, and die because of the sea. His extensive maritime experience began with his boating family’s home on the New England shore. He served in U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat stations, ships at sea, and while assigned to the Key West Coast Guard Station temporarily as the Key West Lighthouse Keeper.

Stewart’s upbringing and his Coast Guard experience instilled in him a love of all things nautical and especially of our nation’s maritime service. One of his career highlights was rescuing crews off freighters in the north Atlantic while aboard a weather ship.

For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit www.deeringestate.org

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