Far From Home: A Proposed Identification of the Winks Wreck, Kitty Hawk, N.C. as the Bristol-Built Steamship Mountaineer

Author(s): Lucas Simonds

Year: 2018

Summary

The Winks Wreck, located a short distance offshore of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, represents a unique facet of the underwater cultural heritage of the Outer Banks. Consisting primarily of two side-lever steam engines — typical of early British rather than American-built steamships — the site is unlike most others found in the region. The identification of the site as the wreck of Mountaineer, built in Bristol in 1835, was first suggested by local diver and researcher Marc Corbett in 2012. Diver surveys in 2012 and 2017, as well as extensive archival research, have provided further evidence in support of this identification. This paper examines this evidence, focused primarily on a comparison of the diagnostic features of the site with the known details of the machinery of Mountaineer. The history and significance of the vessel and its place in the maritime cultural landscapes of Britain and North Carolina are also considered.

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Far From Home: A Proposed Identification of the Winks Wreck, Kitty Hawk, N.C. as the Bristol-Built Steamship Mountaineer. Lucas Simonds. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441614)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 567