Shipwreck Archaeology Without a Ship: Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Shipwreck Materials from Terrestrial Sites and the Historic Record

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  • European Influences in Ancient Hawaii (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Richard W. Rogers.

    Pacific Cartography establishes three discoveries of the Hawaiian Archipelago during the 16th century. Spanish records note Manila Galleons missing with no trace in the late 16th century and again around 1700. Dutchmen suffered desertion of crewmembers, at islands in the central Pacific at 16 degrees north, in the year 1600 AD. Hawaiian tradition specifically mentions two shipwrecks, with female survivors, and is rife with stories of visitors, many of whom became prominent citizens in an...

  • Frames, Futtocks, and a Fistful of Coins: the Final Report of the Corolla Wreck, North Carolina's Oldest Known Ship Remains (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Daniel Brown.

    This paper presents the final report of the Corolla Wreck, North Carolina's oldest ship remains. Included is a historical archaeological analysis of the wooden structural remains comprising just ten partial frames and less than two dozen associated artifacts. 

  • Mystery Ships? Follow the Blue-and-White Trail (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Edward P. Von der Porten.

    Identifying Manila galleon shipwrecks on the West Coast has been made possible by creating a tightly dated Chinese blue-on-white porcelain chronology.   First, the porcelains left behind at Drakes Bay, California, by Francis Drake in 1579 were separated from those of the San Agustin shipwreck of 1595 in the same location.  From the study of three additional shipwreck porcelain groups, a chronology of a key porcelain type called Kraak ware was created covering the period 1578 through 1643.   The...

  • An ‘Old Admiralty Longshank’ Anchor from Admiralty Bay, Washington: The HMS Chatham’s Lost Anchor? (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Scott S Williams.

    In 2008 commercial divers discovered an 18th century anchor in 40 feet of water in Admiralty Bay, Puget Sound.  The anchor was recovered under permit in June 2014.  The anchor was set in the bay bottom with one arm embedded in the seafloor, and 165-feet of stud-link anchor chain attached to the shank.  An iron grapnel was hooked to the middle of the chain.  The extension of the chain and the presence of the grapnel indicate the anchor was lost when the cable broke after the anchor was set, and...

  • On the Periphery of the New World: The Beeswax Wreck Project (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher T Dewey.

    This paper reviews the search for the suspected wreck of a Spanish Manila galleon off the Oregon Coast that sank near the end of the seventeenth century. Included are summaries of the 2006-2009 terrestrial surveys and the 2013-2014 diving operations. The sometimes-conflicting historical record is summarized and compared to the results of four terrestrial and two underwater field seasons. The result is an informed estimate of the wreck’s location.