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Technology and Empire: A Comparative Analysis of British and Dutch Maritime Technologies during the Napoleonic Era

Author(s): Ivor R. Mollema

Year: 2015

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Summary

A study of the Dutch vessel Bato (1806) and British vessel Brunswick (1805) wrecked in Simons Bay, South Africa presents a unique opportunity to compare and analyse the maritime shipbuilding technologies available to these two powerful seafaring nations during the Napoleonic Era (1792-1815). Preliminary research of the material culture record yields data about British and Dutch access and utilization of specific shipbuilding timbers, iron knees, metal sheathings, and variety of fastenings. Primary source documents like the log books, journals, ledgers, naval treatises and eye witness accounts contain pertinent information about the history of Bato and its role as a Dutch warship at the end of the Golden Age, an under-represented historical and archaeological theme.


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Technology and Empire: A Comparative Analysis of British and Dutch Maritime Technologies during the Napoleonic Era. Ivor R. Mollema. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434198)


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Temporal Keywords
1792-1815


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 71

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America