Exploring a significant archaeological and cultural resource that is often overlooked, this book describes the diversity of geographical, historic, thematic and theoretical contexts represented by ships' graveyard sites and deliberately abandoned vessels.
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chapters, and articles, most examples have been limited in focus and distribution, and in most cases disseminated as unpublished archaeological reports (i.e. the "gray literature".) So, too, has there been a lack of a single source representing the diversity of geographical, historic, thematic, and theoretical contexts that ships' graveyard sites and deliberately abandoned vessels represent.
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 ships' graveyard sites represent. It serves as a blueprint to illustrate how the remains of abandoned vessels in ships' 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. This volume is intended to expose research potential, create discussion, and reinforce the significance of a prevalent cultural resource that is often overlooked.
1. Abandoned Ships and Ship Graveyards: Exploring Site Significance and Research Potential
2. Scuttled, But Not Yet Abandoned: The Genesis and Evolution of Antipodean Studies on the Australian West Coast
3. The Thunder Bay Ship Graveyard, Lake Superior: From Abandonment to Deliberate Discard in a Deep Resting Place
4. "Resting Places of the Pioneer Craft": Ship Abandonment at Kingston, Canada
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 River Cosmos 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