Daytona Beach Giveaway


Daytona Beach Giveaway



Thursday at the Tower

  • Address: 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL, FL 32127
  • Phone: (386) 761-1821
  • Presented By: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
  • Dates: September 15, 2022
  • Location: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Price: Included with General Admission
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Thursday at the Tower

Stephen Crane, the Commodore, and The Open Boat presented by Lead Docent John Mann  |  Education Building, 11:00am

You’ve read “The Open Boat,” now Meet Captain Murphy as he tells his part of the story of the gunrunning steamship Commodore which shipwrecked fourteen miles off the Daytona coast on a bitterly cold January 1897 night.  The Commodore was heading to Cuba to supply arms and munitions to rebels trying to overthrow Cuba’s Spanish colonial government.  Murphy, along with famous American writer Stephen Crane and two other seamen row the captain’s ten-foot-long dinghy for thirty-one hours keeping in their sight the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse rising off the far distant shore.  Crane reports the misadventure to his newspaper, and with Murphy’s help, eventually writes the Classic American Masterpiece short story.

A full version of The Open Boat is available for download at

Registration is required, as there will be limited space for attendees. For registration, please contact the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Programs Department at or by phone at 386-761-1821 ext 18.