Anthropology 616

Research and Reconstruction of Ships

Dr. Filipe Vieira de Castro and Dr. Wayne Smith

Tuesday 9:10-12:20, Room 105 Anthropology
Office: 105A Anthropology, Tel. 845-6220
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:30 PM or by Appointment

(We will be checking in at the Ship Lab regularly)

ANTH616 Course Assistant:
Lilia Campana


Text:    J. Richard Steffy. Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1994. Other short readings are listed on the syllabus and on the supplementary bibliography. Copies of these readings will be on reserve in the New World Lab (reserved readings are not to leave the lab under any circumstances). We have prepared a three-ring binder containing the principal readings that may be taken out of the lab overnight for copying; it must be returned the next morning. This copy must be signed out by Filipe, Paul, or Dr. Crisman before it is taken from room 131.


Supplies:    You will need to purchase a pocket tape measure (metric or metric/Imperial, but not Imperial only), a mechanical drafting pencil (the thin-lead variety, either 0.3mm or 0.5mm); a container of spare leads (HB, H or 2H are less likely to smudge). The lab has dividers, but I recommend purchasing your own set of good-quality dividers. The department may or may not provide the rest of the materials and equipment needed for your projects.


Course Schedule:

  Week 1.     Introduction to the Wooden Ship.
      Distribution of the syllabus and discussion of course requirements.

                    Lecture: A Quick Introduction to Wooden Ship Construction and Terminology.

                    Reading:     Steffy, Wooden Ship Building, review the terms and diagrams in the illustrated glossary, pp. 266-298.
   
  Week 2.     Introduction to Hull Lines.

                    Lecture: Understanding Hull Lines: Sheer, Half-breadth and Body Plans.

                    Reading:     Steffy, Wooden Ship Building, pp. 8-20. (See also Readings).

                    Assignment: Begin Project No. 1 (draw the lines of a small vessel, according to the requirements set out in the
                                       assignment sheet). Due by Week 5.
   
  Week 3.     Hull Lines, Continued.

                    Lecture:     Diagonals, Rabbets, and Transoms.

                    Assignment: Wrap up Project No. 1, begin Project No. 2 (draw the lines of a 20-meter vessel according to the
                                        requirements set out in the assignment sheet). Project No. 2 due by Week 5.
   
  Week 4.     Basic Hull Analysis.

                    Lecture:     Tonnage, Displacement, and Performance.

                    Reading:     Steffy, Wooden Ship Building, Appendices A and B, pp. 251-255. (See also Readings).

                   Assignment: Begin Project No. 3 (calculate displacement and hull coefficients for the lines drawn for Project No.
                                      2).  Due by Week 5.
   
  Week 5.    Recording Shipwreck Sites and Hull Structure (by Dr. Wayne Smith).

                    Lecture:     Introduction to Surveying and Mapping.

                    Reading:     (See Readings).

                    Assignment: Begin Project No. 4 (record a timber scatter according to the requirements set out in the assignment
                                       sheet). Due by Week 9.
   
  Week 6.     Recording Timbers and Fragments (by Dr. Wayne Smith).

                    Lecture:     Recording Timbers.

                    Reading:     (See Readings).

                    Assignment: Begin Project No. 5 (record hull timbers according to the requirements set out by your instructors).
                                       Due by Week 9.
   
  Week 7.     Recording Fragments, Continued (by Dr. Wayne Smith).

                    Assignment: Continue working on Project No. 5 and Term Project lines.
   
  Week 8.     Recording Intact Structure.

                    Lecture:     Recording Coherent Structure: Taking Off Lines.

                    Reading:    Steffy, Wooden Ship Building, pp. 189-213. (See also Readings).

                    Assignment: Begin Project No. 6 (Record the curvature of a frame using offsets, a bevel-gauge goniometer, and a
                                       digital goniometer, according to the requirements set out by your instructor). Due by Week 11.
   
  Week 9.     Recopying and Drafting Field Measurements.

                    Lecture:     From Field Notes, to Notebooks, to Drafting Table.

                    Reading:    (See Readings).

                    Assignment: Continue working on Project No. 6 and Term Project.
   
  Week 10.    Open Day

                    Assignment: Continue with Project No. 6 and Term Project.  
   
  Week 11.     Materials and Tools for Shipbuilding.

                    Lecture:     Ship Timber and the Tools of the Shipwright's Trade.

                    Reading:     Steffy. Wooden Ship Building, pp. 256-259. (See also Readings).

                    Assignment: Make tool marks in the wood shop.  
   
  Week 12.     Reconstruction Through Models and Full-Scale Replicas.

                    Lecture:     Replication in Scale and 1:1.

                    Reading:     Steffy, Wooden Ship Building, pp. 214-234. (See also Readings).

                    Assignment: Keep working on your Term Project.  
   
  Week 13.     Hull Recovery, Conservation, Reassembly and Display.

                    Lecture:     When, Why and How to Raise a Hull.

                    Reading:     (See Readings).

                     Assignment: Go home and bake a turkey.
   
 

Week 14.     Computers and Interpretive Drawings.

                      Lecture:     Computer Graphics and Ship Archaeology: Advantages and Disadvantages.

                      Reading:    (See Readings).

                      Assignment: Relax. You've earned it.

   


Anthropology 616 Projects Completion Schedule, Fall 2007:

  Week 5 - Project Nos. 1, 2 and 3 due at beginning of class.
  Week 9 - Project Nos. 4 and 5 due at beginning of class; Term Project lines to be completed by this date.
  Week 10 - Term Project scantling list and midship construction section to be completed by this date.
  Week 11 - Project No. 6 due at beginning of class.
  Week 12 - Term Project construction drawings to be completed by this date.
  Week 13 - Term Project due at beginning of class.


Course Requirements:

Anthropology 616 will meet once each week for three hours. Sessions will typically begin in the seminar room (Room 130) with a lecture of 30 to 50 minutes, and then proceed to the Steffy Ship Lab (Room 105) for practical work and assignments. Please be on time, and use your class time wisely (do not use the scheduled lab time for library research).

Each student will be required to complete six lab assignments over the course of the semester, which together will comprise 50% of your semester grade. In addition, each student will complete and hand in a "Term Project," the reconstruction and analysis of a hypothetical ancient, medieval, or early-modern wooden vessel. The Term Project will comprise the other 50% of your final grade. See attached assignment sheets for details.

Please don't handle your assignments late. All assignments handled after the deadline will be graded for 90%.


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