Seal Cove Shipwreck Project

Seal Cove Day Two

Seal Cove Day Two

Since the crew will be working for the next six straight days, parpicipants took the day off to explore the park. After an evening of fun and relaxation, the crew was treated to a lobster dinner courtesy of a local fisherman. Tomorrow, we will continue drawing profiles of the frames, this time with the assistance of volunteers from the general public and Acadia National Park staff.

Recording Seal Cove shipwreck.

Recording Seal Cove shipwreck.

Recording outer hull planking from the baseline was exacting work. Here investigators are noting the placement of an outer hull strake. The view is to the north.

Wooden pegs and Volunteers

Only late yesterday did we discover any definite fasteners on top of the keel. Attached is a close-up of a wooden peg, or treenail, in the center at the top of the keel. We only found two of them, both at the northern end of the vessel. Perhaps they attached a stem or sternpost.

More Investigations in Seal Cove

It has been a flurry of activity in Seal Cove. We mapped the entire wreck with the exception of a timber that we will record tomorrow. We had volunteers lending a hand all week. As many as nine at a time. It has been a success as an outreach project, with several people having their first experience in maritime archaeology on the wreck. Volunteers learned trilateration, baseline offsets, drew profiles, measured frames and photographed fasteners. I gave a talk on maritime archaeology at the Schoodic Education and Research Center Wednesday night.

Seal Cove Shipwreck Project: volunteer!

As part of the Seal Cove Shipwreck Project we are going to be recording a shipwreck in the intertidal zone in Seal Cove, Maine, August 1-5. This is an IMH project in conjunction with Acadia National Park. Learn the basics for mapping and documenting a wreck site by working with maritime archaeologists.

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