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Legacies of an Old Design: Reconstructing Rapid’s Lines Using 3D Modelling Software

Author(s): Ivor R. Mollema ; Jennifer F McKinnon

Year: 2016

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The Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties Project was conceived to evaluate new ways of investigating the history of Europeans in the Indian Ocean and Western Australia. As a result, several of the formative maritime archaeology projects conducted on Australia’s early colonial shipwrecks were revisited to apply new techniques, such as digital modelling software, to the legacy data. This paper outlines using Rhinoceros 3D modelling software to generate a three-dimensional model of the American China trader Rapid, built in Boston  in 1807 and shipwrecked in 1811 at Point Cloates, WA. Comparison with original reconstruction designs created over 30 to 40 years ago will demonstrate the usefulness of revisiting data to apply new technologies. 

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Legacies of an Old Design: Reconstructing Rapid’s Lines Using 3D Modelling Software. Ivor R. Mollema, Jennifer F McKinnon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434549)


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

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PaperId(s): 159

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