Dendrochronological Evaluation of Ship Timber from Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA)
Author(s): Pearce Paul Creasman
More than 200 warships were built, and thousands serviced, at Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA) in its 175 years of service for the U.S. Navy (1800-1974 C.E.). Recent renovations and redevelopment of the former yard revealed an historic timber pond, where hundreds of unfinished naval-quality ship timbers remained buried. Many of these timbers were offered to the Henry B. du Pont Preservation Shipyard (Mystic Seaport, CT) for their restoration of Charles W. Morgan. Courtesy of Mystic Seaport, forty Quercus sp. specimens were selected for recording and dendrochronological analysis and this paper presents the current understanding, with a focus on the social and behavioral interpretations possible from such a collection.
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Dendrochronological Evaluation of Ship Timber from Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA). Pearce Paul Creasman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437049)
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