Week of Dec 13, 2019
This week on Aminus3 we look at three unique structures along waterways from Florida to Europe.
Florida, United States
The House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar at sunset.
This is the oldest building in Martin County and the lone survivor of ten original rescue stations along Florida's Atlantic coast. These lifesaving stations for shipwrecked sailors were established in 1876 and manned by keepers, much like lighthouses. They were isolated and lonely assignments.
The tower was added in 1942 to watch for German U-boats that were torpedoing freighters along the Treasure Coast.
Now the House of Refuge is a museum managed by the Elliott Museum but its rescue mission continues now focused on sea turtles.
Saint Nazaire, France
Brouillard sur l'estuaire. Monument dédié à l'abolition de l'esclavage construit sur les bases de l'ancien embarcadère. Le personnage à droite est en fait une statue en bronze.
Fog on the estuary. This monument is dedicated to the abolition of slavery built on the foundations of the old pier. The character on the right is actually a bronze statue.
Le Mas à Anvers
The Museum aan de Stroom (Mas) rises 60 meters above the Scheldt River. The museum highlights the relationship of Antwerp, a key harbor city in Europe, and the world. The museum features collections relating to trade and shipping, as well as maritime artifacts.
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