British Colonial Bateaux in North America

Author(s): Nathan A. Gallagher

Year: 2015


Bateaux were a key utility craft in military operations in the colonies of North America. Their size, durability, and ease of construction made them ideal for moving troops and supplies over the lakes and rivers of New England and New France. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a construction analysis of the remains of some British colonial bateaux recovered from Lake George and place them in their historical context. The craft were built from a very simple design, and were hastily and lightly constructed, but they were still sturdy enough to survive the lakes and rivers they were expected to traverse. Aspects of their construction show specific adaptation to this type of environment. By synthesizing the analysis of these remains with abundant primary resources that mention these boats, the British colonial bateau can be explained in context.

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British Colonial Bateaux in North America. Nathan A. Gallagher. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434186)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 491