of the Lower James River"
Talks presentation on February 18, 2014
GPS, Radar, VHF or Cell phones finding your way into our
rivers was a challenge for most mariners. Local knowledge
and good seamanship were essential to navigating the shallow
areas of the lower James River. Lighthouses improved navigation.
Larry Saint, a local model builder, showcased a replica
of the Nansemond River Lighthouse which
marked the entrance to the Nansemond River near Pig Point
from 1878 until 1935. He has researched little known facts
about our local lighthouses. The Nansemond
River Light and the Middle Ground Lighthouse are just
two examples of local lighthouses that were discussed.
River Talks is a
community forum sponsored collaboratively by Suffolk River
Heritage and Nansemond River Preservation Alliance. Larry
Saint is a member of Suffolk River Heritage and has built
several models of Chesapeake Bay Deadrise design traditional
boats. He combines his talent with research to tell the
story of his works.