The Wreck of the Quedagh Merchant: Identification and Affiliation of Captain Kidd’s Lost Ship
The shipwreck of the Quedagh Merchant is an archaeological site that brings to life one of the most romanticized activities in modern popular culture: piracy. Little specific evidence of pirates and their actions exists in the archaeological record and, oftentimes, it is difficult to distinguish the identification and function of certain artifacts and features from being piratical or simply commonplace. In fact, finding a site and making the connection to piracy can often be a difficult assertion. Captain Qilliam Kidd abandoned the Quedagh Merchant off of the southeastern coast of Hispaniola in 1699. The investigation and study of the ship’s remains include the interpretation of the features of hull construction, wood sample analysis, and analysis of sampled ballast stones, the results of which indicate the site being identified as the same ship Kidd abandoned over 300 years ago.
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The Wreck of the Quedagh Merchant: Identification and Affiliation of Captain Kidd’s Lost Ship. Frederick H Hanselmann, Charles D Beeker. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434831)
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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;
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