Unloading History: Schooner-Barges, Self-Unloaders, and the Development of a Modern Maritime Landscape
Author(s): Caitlin Zant
Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Great Lakes were at the center of rapid technological advancements in shipping and shipbuilding. The diverse demands for trade and unique geographic characteristics of the region created the necessity for highly specialized vessels and technologies. While the development of steam propulsion and use of metal hulls aided this progress, advancements in unloading systems helped propel shipping into the twentieth century. The emergence of self-unloading schooner-barges represents an important chapter in this progression. Though examples of this early construction are no longer available above the water, the archaeological remains of converted self-unloaders Adriatic, EMBA, and Transfer provide an opportunity to study the catalysts of maritime innovation and the role these played in the development of the region’s unique maritime landscape. The self-unloading technology implemented on these vessels offers insight into early twentieth century trade, transport, and Great Lakes maritime communities.
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Unloading History: Schooner-Barges, Self-Unloaders, and the Development of a Modern Maritime Landscape. Caitlin Zant. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434035)
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