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The 18th Century Shipbuilding French Industry : New Perspective on Conception and Construction

Author(s): Marijo Gauthier-Bérubé

Year: 2016

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The Machault, a French frigate, sank in Chaleur Bay, Québec, in the context of the Seven Years War, in 1760. Built in Bayonne, the archaeological analysis of the frigate gave us a unique vision of the 18th century shipbuilding industry. Coming from a privation shipyard next to the Arsenal of Bayonne, the Machault lay amidst a clash between regional shipbuilding traditions and the globalisation of naval techniques in Europe.


The study of the ship’s structural remains provides a unique view of the shipbuilding conception and construction techniques in the region. We transcended the historical sources, beyond the treatise of Duhamel du Monceau or Ollivier, to offer a new vision of the 18th century with an archaeological approach which integrates the steps of conception and construction of ships.


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The 18th Century Shipbuilding French Industry : New Perspective on Conception and Construction. Marijo Gauthier-Bérubé. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434715)


conception Frigate Shipbuilding

Geographic Keywords
Canada North America

Temporal Keywords
18e century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 427

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