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The Mystic Schooners of the 20th Century: The Legacy of the Last Sailing Merchant Vessels

Author(s): Ryan J Bradley

Year: 2016

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At the dawn of the 20th century, a revival swept the ports of New England ushering in an era of wooden shipbuilding not seen on the Atlantic coast since the Civil War.  These vessels, schooner rigged for the coastal trade, were built for bulk, ferrying cargo from southern ports and the Caribbean to the industrial powerhouses of Boston and New York.  A builder, based in Mystic, Connecticut, joined in and produced a number of vessels that shared more than the same port of origin; nearly half met their demise off the coast of North Carolina.  This paper examines the resurgence in the New England shipbuilding industry, a Mystic builder, his bald-head schooners, and the history and archaeology of what may be the remains of one of these vessels.


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The Mystic Schooners of the 20th Century: The Legacy of the Last Sailing Merchant Vessels. Ryan J Bradley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434764)


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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): 710

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