The Impact of Coastal Erosion on a Maine Shipwreck: Tools for the Long-Term Study, Management, and Protection of Shipwrecks from Coastal Erosion, Storm Surge, and Sea Level Rise
Author(s): Stefan H. Claesson
This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
Following powerful coastal winter storms and beach erosion, the remains of a shipwreck were repeatedly exposed at Short Sands Beach in York, Maine. The shipwreck received national attention during highly visible exposures following a Nor’easter storm in February 2018. The public is concerned about vandalism and erosion of the site, which has exposed numerous times since 1958. A 2018 study was conducted to build on the existing body of evidence regarding the origin and historical significance of the shipwreck, to assess National Register eligibility, and provide recommendations for future study and stewardship. This paper presents the results of the 2018 fieldwork including an aerial drone survey and wood sampling to identify the source and potential date range of vessel construction. The results provide important baseline data for the management and protection of the shipwreck, and an initial determination of National Register eligibility.
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The Impact of Coastal Erosion on a Maine Shipwreck: Tools for the Long-Term Study, Management, and Protection of Shipwrecks from Coastal Erosion, Storm Surge, and Sea Level Rise. Stefan H. Claesson. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457217)
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