Weight, Weight . . . Don’t Tell Me: the Assemblage of Weights from the Storm Wreck.

Author(s): Andrew Thomson

Year: 2016

Summary

The Storm Wreck was a British refugee vessel that ran aground off St. Augustine 31 December 1782. As part of the evacuation fleet of Charleston, South Carolina, it was responsible for transporting the Loyalist population and their goods necessary to begin life again in East Florida. An unassuming assemblage of artifacts from the excavation can help elucidate aspects of the refugees’ lives, their thought process during the evacuation, life aboard the ship, and the eventual wrecking event. A wide range of weights, mostly cast from lead, has been recovered on the shipwreck, ranging from fishing weights cast using musket ball molds to merchant pan weights to a large livestock tether. This paper will discuss the identification, conservation and interpretation of the numerous weights found throughout the Storm site. 

Cite this Record

Weight, Weight . . . Don’t Tell Me: the Assemblage of Weights from the Storm Wreck.. Andrew Thomson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434994)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 822