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Copper-Clad Ghost: The "Monterrey A Shipwreck"

Author(s): James Delgado ; Jack Irion ; Frank Cantelas ; Frederick Hanselmann ; Christopher Horrell ; Amy Borgens ; Susan Langley ; Michael Brennan

Year: 2015

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Summary

Archaeological assessment and limited test excavation of the Monterrey A shipwreck provides an initial characterization of an early 19th century armed vessel whose remains are comprised of articulated two-dimensional features as well as a substantial portion of seemingly well-preserved three dimensional hull remains of the copper-sheathed hull.  The form and lines of the hull are present, and with the various features, suggest that this armed vessel of approximately 200 tons was a two-masted craft, likely a schooner.  Similar to Baltimore-built schooners and brigs of the early 19th century, the vessel's identity and home port remain unknown.  Site characteristics and artifacts such as the navigational instruments suggest a sudden loss, probably in a violent storm, and with no survivors.

 


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Copper-Clad Ghost: The "Monterrey A Shipwreck". James Delgado, Jack Irion, Frank Cantelas, Frederick Hanselmann, Christopher Horrell, Amy Borgens, Susan Langley, Michael Brennan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434207)


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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 249

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