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Designing the 1717 Princess Carolina, a Colonial Merchant Ship

Author(s): Warren Riess

Year: 2014

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In 1982 Warren Riess and Sheli Smith directed the excavation of the Ronson ship in Manhattan, New York. Subsequent research led to its identification as Princess Carolina, built in Charleston, South Carolina in 1717; an analysis of its hull led to a determination of how the shipwright designed the ship. It is somewhat different from the extant design manuscripts of the period. This paper is an illustrated presentation of the steps the shipwright took to design the shape of the hull and his probable reasons for this method.

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Designing the 1717 Princess Carolina, a Colonial Merchant Ship. Warren Riess. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437262)

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PaperId(s): SYM-70,12

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