It was reported today that at a general business meeting held on March 4, 2014 the officers of the St. Augustine Tea Party (SATP) were authorized to proceed with the acquisition of the replica float known as the Dartmouth. [The original Dartmouth was one of three ships in Boston harbor from which tea was thrown overboard by the “Sons of Liberty” on December 16, 1763.] In the early days of Tea Party movement the modern day replica of the Dartmouth made many appearances in parades and rallies in Northeast Florida. It also made a trip to Washington DC during the massive Tea Party rallies held in 2009 and 2010 in the nation’s capital.
The Dartmouth was constructed by an early Tea Party activist, Glenn Lord Sr. The St. Augustine Tea Party took possession on March 7, 2014. It was transported late in the day to St. Augustine, FL from Jacksonville, FL. In spite of cold-weather and rain, volunteers prepared the boat for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida. The Dartmouth will appear in the parade today.