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The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment

Richards, Nathan, Seeb, Sami Kay (Eds.)

2013, XIII, 375 p. 88 illus., 42 illus. in color.

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  • Uses the archaeological concept of site significance to examine abandoned ships
  • Illustrates the diversity of ships' graveyard sites by including case studies from around the world
  • Explores the relationship between academia and tourism regarding underwater graveyards

The historical importance and archaeological potential of deliberately discarded watercraft has not been a major feature of maritime archaeological enquiry. While research on the topic has appeared since the 1970s as books, chapters, and articles of limited focus and distribution, most examples take the form of unpublished archaeological reports and graduate theses.  Additionally, there is no existing single source that represents the great diversity of geographical, historic, thematic, and theoretical contexts of ship graveyard sites and deliberately abandoned vessels.

In contrast with much of the theoretical or case-specific literature on the theme of watercraft discard, this volume communicates to the reader the common heritage and global themes that ship graveyard sites represent. It serves as an illustration of how the remains of abandoned vessels in ship graveyards are sites of considerable research value. Moreover, the case studies in this volume assist researchers in understanding the evolution of maritime technologies, economies, and societies. The Archaeology of Watercraft Abandonment is intended to expose research potential, create discussion, and reinforce the significance of a prevalent cultural resource that is often overlooked.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » abandoned ships in Australia - archaeology of abandoned ships - cultural resource management and abandoned watercraft - maritime archaeology and ships - site management of abandoned watercraft - site significance and abandoned watercraft - site significance and discarded ships - tourism and maritime archaeology - underwater exploration of abandoned ships

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology

Table of contents 



1.      Abandoned Ships and Ship Graveyards: Exploring Site Significance and Research Potential
Nathan Richards

2.      Scuttled, But Not Yet Abandoned: The Genesis and Evolution of Antipodean Studies on the Australian West Coast
Michael McCarthy

3.      The Thunder Bay Ship Graveyard, Lake Superior: From Abandonment to Deliberate Discard in a Deep Resting Place
Daniel LaRoche

4.      “Resting Places of the Pioneer Craft”: Ship Abandonment at Kingston, Canada
Jonathan Moore

5.      A Ship Graveyard at City Point, Virginia
Joshua A. Daniel

6.      The United States Shipping Board Fleet at Mallows Bay, Maryland: Inventory and Assessment
Donald G. Shomette

7.      Pacific Graveyard: Adaptive Reuse, Recycling and Abandonment in San Francisco’s Maritime Graveyards, 1849-1959
James P. Delgado

8.      The Ship Graveyards of New York Harbor: Damaging Drift or Vanishing Resource?
Andrew D.W. Lydecker and Stephen R. James, Jr.

9.      Yukon Hulks and Ships Graveyards
John C. Pollack and Robyn P. Woodward

10.  The Rural Vessel Abandonment Areas of North Creek, North Carolina
Lawrence E. Babits

11.  The Commercial Fishing Graveyard and Memory: Wright’s Creek, Belhaven, North Carolina
Jacqueline L. Marcotte

12.  Cape Fear’s Forgotten Fleet: The Eagles Island Ship Graveyard, Wilmington, North Carolina
Sami Kay Seeb

13.  Annales School and the Elizabeth City Ship Graveyard: A New Theoretical Approach to Ship Abandonment Studies
Lindsay S. Smith

14.  World War One German-Built Watercraft on the Wingecarribee RiverCosmos Coroneos, Brad Duncan, and Caroline Wilby

15.  Bikini Atoll: Abandoning Hot Ships in a Cold War
Daniel J. Lenihan

16.  Vessel Reuse and Abandonment In Post-Military Contexts: Examples from the Colonial and Early National Navies of Australia and New Zealand
James W. Hunter, III

17.  Raising Wilmington’s Forgotten Fleet: Uncovering History with Mobile Video Technology
Michael Dermody, Calvin H. Mires, and Christine Russell

18.  Abandoned Watercraft as a Teaching Resource
Martin Read and Pollyanna Magne

19.  Victoria’s Ship Graveyard and Abandonment Sites
Peter Charles Taylor

20.  Index


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