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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 6/14/02
 
MARITIME MUSEUM, ST. TAMMANY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO CO-SPONSOR
SPEAKER ON HISTORY OF TCHEFUNCTE RIVER NAVY FACILITY
     HAMMOND -- Renowned researcher Donald Sharp, a founding member of the St. Tammany Historical Society, will give a presentation on the U.S. Navy facility on the Tchefuncte River at the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum on Wednesday, June 19.
     Sharp's lecture will follow the museum's general membership meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Madisonville museum. 
     His presentation is jointly sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University's museum lecture series and the St. Tammany Historical Society, said Roy Blackwood, coordinator of Southeastern Education Initiatives at the museum.
     "Mr. Sharp will also display his collection of letters, documents and maps in what promises to be a fascinating evening," Blackwood said.
     Blackwood said Sharp's presentation will examine the period from 1813-1823 and include details about lake gunboats and their officers and men, embargo and an international standoff on Lake Pontchartrain, discipline and court martial in the navy at Madisonville, and the raising of the first American flag in West Florida in what is now St. Tammany Parish.  
     Sharp also will discuss topics such as the War of 1812 Block Ship "Tchefuncte," "Fort Oak," the marine presence in St. Tammany Parish, the Battle of New Orleans, the fire at the Navy Yard, the court martial of Lt. George Merrill, the decline and end of the yard, and the last navy man to leave along with a postscript of the men who served on this station.       
     For additional information about the lecture, contact Blackwood at 985-549-2662 or cblackwood@selu.edu.