Ronson Ship (ca. 1747)

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This ship was found during the excavation for a construction site in Lower Manhattan. It had been filled with rubble and buried as a crib ship when the East River extended this far inland. Rigging, decorations, chandlery, gear, etc. had been removed. The hull was sheathed with wooden planks that were more than half the 10 cm thickness of the main planking. It overlaid a layer of felt or hair bonded with mastic material and was fastened with square iron nails. 1


1. Richard Steffy, INA Shipdata Project, Texas A&M University.

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