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A FINE WRECK IN SHALLOW WATER: INVESTIGATION INTO, AND CONSERVATION OF, A HEAVILY DISTURBED 18TH CENTURY BRITISH WEST INDIAMAN, THE SOLDIER KEY WRECK

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Date Issued:
2015
Summary:
In the summer of 2012, a team of archaeologists excavated a known shipwreck site in the submerged bottomlands in north Biscayne National Park. This site had been excavated previously by John Hall, a professor from the University of Miami, in the early 1980s. Hall never produced a report on the excavations and did not curate the artifacts recovered. The purpose of this 2012 research was to document any remaining material culture, determine the best way to preserve the site, and ultimately to use whatever remaining hull structure and portable artifacts were available to determine the nationality, previous ports of call, and potentially the name of the vessel as well as how the ship came to wreck in that location. The excavation revealed the midships to stern portion of a British West Indiaman that dates to the early to mid 18th century. The sparse artifact assemblage suggests that the vessel was coming from Jamaica en route to England when the ship succumbed to a hurricane. However, a large number of ships wrecked in the region during the time period the Soldier Key Wreck would have sailed. Unfortunately, no name could definitively be ascribed to the ship.
Title: A FINE WRECK IN SHALLOW WATER: INVESTIGATION INTO, AND CONSERVATION OF, A HEAVILY DISTURBED 18TH CENTURY BRITISH WEST INDIAMAN, THE SOLDIER KEY WRECK.
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Name(s): Wilson, Allen Donald, Author
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Summary: In the summer of 2012, a team of archaeologists excavated a known shipwreck site in the submerged bottomlands in north Biscayne National Park. This site had been excavated previously by John Hall, a professor from the University of Miami, in the early 1980s. Hall never produced a report on the excavations and did not curate the artifacts recovered. The purpose of this 2012 research was to document any remaining material culture, determine the best way to preserve the site, and ultimately to use whatever remaining hull structure and portable artifacts were available to determine the nationality, previous ports of call, and potentially the name of the vessel as well as how the ship came to wreck in that location. The excavation revealed the midships to stern portion of a British West Indiaman that dates to the early to mid 18th century. The sparse artifact assemblage suggests that the vessel was coming from Jamaica en route to England when the ship succumbed to a hurricane. However, a large number of ships wrecked in the region during the time period the Soldier Key Wreck would have sailed. Unfortunately, no name could definitively be ascribed to the ship.
Identifier: WFE0000523 (IID), uwf:61221 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-08-01
M.A.
Department of Anthropology
Masters
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