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"A Formidable Looking Pile of Iron Boilers and Machinery": The Conservation and Reconstruction of USS Westfield.

Author(s): Justin A Parkoff

Year: 2017

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During the American Civil War, USS Westfield served as the Union's flagship for operations along the Texas Gulf Coast. On January 1, 1863, Westfield was destroyed by her captain at the Battle of Galveston to avoid capture. In 2009, the disarticulated artifact debris field was recovered from the Texas City Channel in advance of a dredging project. After five years of extensive conservations efforts, these artifacts were reconstructed into a large exhibit at the Texas City Museum. This presentation will review the conservation and the resulting Westfield exhibit, and demonstrate how even the most scant archaeological evidence can be an asset if properly documented and studied.


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"A Formidable Looking Pile of Iron Boilers and Machinery": The Conservation and Reconstruction of USS Westfield.. Justin A Parkoff. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435232)


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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): 629

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