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Ancient Shipwreck Uncovered in Southie...

 
 
Reply Wed 25 May, 2016 07:45 pm
Quote:
Shipwreck From 1800s Found Buried Under New Building Site

BOSTON (CBS) – An old shipwreck has been found buried in the Seaport District and, according to
the city’s archaeologist, it is a rare find.

“This is the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land,” City archaeologist
Joe Bagley told WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud. “This is the largest and most significant by far.”

The ship, a wooden sloop at least 50 feet long from the mid-to-late 1800s, was uncovered late
last week during construction of a new building at 121 Seaport Boulevard. It was found about
25 feet below grade.

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(read on)
 
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 04:28 am
@Region Philbis,
probably gonna need a bit of work to get it running right.
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George
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 05:30 am
So THAT'S where I left it!
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 05:34 am

it's not too faah from where i work, so I'll go check it out...
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George
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 05:37 am
I'm going to have "Sloop John B" playing in my head all morning.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 05:44 am
It could be worse, you could have "Hang on Sloopy" in your head all day.

(Hehehehehehehehehehe)
George
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 05:50 am
@Setanta,
Oh, thanks for that!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 08:15 am
So question What shall we do with drunken sailor will be answered now?
George
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 09:17 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Not until the Massachusetts Port Authority completes its investigation.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 09:21 am
@George,
Aye aye, sir!
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 09:21 am
@Region Philbis,
I claim all the gold bullion! It's rightfully mine as I have family ties to nearby Thompson Island.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 09:24 am
@Region Philbis,
Ancient? From the 1800s? It's old, but it's hardly ancient.
George
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 09:31 am
@izzythepush,
Yeah, that struck me too.
Guess the news station wanted to jazz up the headline.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 09:34 am
@George,
You are a Latin scholar after all.

nil illegitimi carborundum
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 12:29 pm
@izzythepush,
remember, in the US, 100 years is really old, and in the UK, 100 miles is really far.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 12:49 pm
@Sturgis,

as Thread Creator, i got dibs on the doubloons...
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 07:07 pm
Quote:
6 things archaeologists have learned about the Seaport District shipwreck

Archaeologists cut cross-sections Thursday through the interior of a hull of a shipwreck recently discovered by workers on a construction site in the Seaport District.

Five archaeologists, including Boston’s city archaeologist Joe Bagley, had to gather as much information as possible about the wreck at 121 Seaport Boulevard by Friday, to allow the construction project by Skanska to continue.

“It’s a really, really, well-documented site,” Bagley said of the work done, which also included making cross-sections of lime barrels found in the boat.

Here are six things the archaeologists have learned about the wreck, according to Bagley.

1. The ship, which was about 50-feet long, had at least two masts.

2. It likely went down sometime between 1850 and 1880. Bagley said household items recovered, including a small stack of plates, a fork, knife, and nails, are all “pretty datable” and will help researchers determine a more specific date. The ship was found in an area that used to be mudflats, called “Dorchester Flats,” which were concreted-in in 1880 to make more buildable land.

3. The boat itself is older than the date it went down. Bagley said the ship could have been made in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

“Lime ships had a tendency to burst into flames,” he said, so older ships would be used instead of newer vessels in case water got on the lime and started a blaze.

4. There was a fire on board the ship. Whether it was a deliberately set to make the wreckage smaller, started by the lime, or otherwise connected to the sinking of the vessel still has to be figured out, he said.

5. The lime barrels burned from the top down.

Bagley said it will take more research to determine if the lime would have burned in a different direction if the barrels had caught fire first.

6. “Rockland” was found stamped across one of the lids of the lime barrels by archaeologists at the site. This indicates the ship was likely arriving from Rockland, Maine, which was a major production area for lime, according to Bagley.

“It was brought down, but never quite made it to Boston,” he said.

Bagley said the sampling of artifacts from the wreck, except the barrel lid, have been transported to the Public Archeology Laboratory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. And on Friday, Harvard and Oxford University’s Institute for Digital Archeology will help document a 3D image of the wreck since the entire ship cannot be preserved.


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Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 26 May, 2016 07:08 pm
@Region Philbis,
Drats!

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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 27 May, 2016 03:07 am

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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 27 May, 2016 05:46 am
@Region Philbis,
Quote:
3. The boat itself is older than the date it went down.


Well I didn't need to be an archaeologist to determine that.
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