NAS Part III Ship and Boat Construction
Archaeological Science module
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This one day course will look at the diverse variety of Ships and Boats that may be encountered, the various materials used in their construction and the different methods employed in their creation. The course will pay specific attention to wooden vessels and the terminology used in both the timber components and the non-timber features that may be found on these craft.
Specific focus will be given to improving the knowledge base of the students in the recognition of Ship and Boat components and construction techniques, and this will be achieved by combining morning theory sessions with an afternoon visit to a historic vessel. Here students will have the opportunity of putting the information obtained in the classroom sessions into practice, studying and identifying the significant features to be found on the wooden vessels exhibited as part of the museums collection.
The course is aimed at both divers and non-divers, individuals undertaking the NAS Training program, together with anyone who has an interest in Maritime Archaeology in general, and Ship and Boat Construction in particular.
• Introduction to the History of Ship & Boat Construction
• The Identification of the Main Timber Features Associated with Wooden Vessels
• The Identification of the Main Metal Features that may be found on Wooden Vessels
• An Examination of Wooden Sailing and Motor Vessels
• Case Study looking at specific Wooden Vessels
• Practical Exercise Studying and Identifying Features on Wooden Vessels
This course will introduce students to the variety of Ships and Boats that they may encounter on maritime archaeological sites. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to identify the main features of wooden vessels in particular and be familiar with the terminology used for various components of these craft. To this end it is anticipated that in the future, even small features, in particular construction techniques observed on maritime sites by the students will both aid them in better understanding the vessel they are working on, and that they will be able to use the correct vocabulary when conversing with maritime professionals.
The course has a significant practical component and it is anticipated that this will provide the students with first hand experience allowing them to put into practice the knowledge gained in identifying ship and boat construction features.
Cost and Credits:
A maximum of 5 credit points will be available in the Archaeological Science module. The cost for the course is $150. Part III courses are open to everyone; however credit points will only be awarded to those who have completed the NAS Part I Course.
Petersson, L., 2007. Rigging: Period Fore-and Aft Craft. Chatham Publishing, London.
Stone, D.L., 1993. A Wreck Diver’s Guide to Sailing Ship Artifacts of the 19th Century. Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia.
The Mariners’ Museum. 2000. A Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft: from Aak to Zumbra. Chatham Publishing, London.
Bowens, Amanda et al (2009): Archaeology Underwater, The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice, Nautical Archaeology Society, Fort Cumberland.
Course Instructor: Ian Cundy B.Sc. M.A.