Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Adventure, Trading Ketch
Trade was the lifeblood of the colony, and trade was impossible without good ships. The Adventure is a replica of a 17th-century trading vessel called a ketch. Ketches and other small ships plied the waters between Carolina and other colonies, especially Barbados. They carried the raw materials that made Charles Towne successful.
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The ketch Industry arrived from Barbados in 1678. Its cargo list gives some idea of items that could be carried in a ship like the Adventure:
• One pipe of Madeira wine
• 32 barrels of Muscovado sugar
• Three hogsheads & 12 barrels of rum
• Seven barrels of lime juice
• Three hogsheads containing nine sails
• 11 bundles of rod iron, 13 bars of flat iron
• One barrel of cotton seeds
• One fine hammock
• One new cable
• Two pounds of old cables
• Seven Negroes, by name:
Location. 32° 48.052′ N, 79° 58.994′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Click for map. Marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ship Shaping (here, next to this marker); Seized! (here, next to this marker); Harnessing the Wind (here, next to this marker); Postponed Aspirations (within shouting distance of this marker); Trade, Profits and Support (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On the Edge of an Empire (about 400 feet away); Mixed Results (about 400 feet away); A Common Lodging (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. A schematic of the Adventure appears at the lower left of the marker, along with the caption “The Adventure is about 65 feet long and has a modern net tonnage of 34 tons. It was designed by architect William Avery Baker and built by James B. Richardson Jr. in 1970.”
A photo of the Adventure at sea is at the bottom center of the marker. It has a caption of “A good comparison for the Adventure in modern terms is a mid-sized delivery truck. She would have needed a crew of around six to eight sailors, depending on the length of the voyage.”
Also see . . . Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.