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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ship Shaping

 
 
Ship Shaping Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
1. Ship Shaping Marker
Inscription.
This ship skeleton depicts the earliest stage of shipbuilding – hull construction. It starts with the ship’s backbone, or keel, and then the stern, ribs, and sternpost are attached.

This skeleton is built to the same scale as the fully finished Adventure. If you go below deck on the Adventure, you’ll see its ribs. You cannot, however, see its keel since it’s underwater on the bottom of the ship.

Boat building was big business in Charles Towne because ships were vital for trade and communication. A Spanish spy even reported seeing colonists building and repairing ships here in 1672.
 
Location. 32° 48.054′ N, 79° 58.998′ 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 on the History Trail at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seized! (here, next to this marker); Harnessing the Wind (here, next to this marker); The Adventure, Trading Ketch (here, next to this marker); Postponed Aspirations (within
Ship Shaping Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
2. Ship Shaping Marker
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. Two pictures of ships under construction appear at the bottom of the marker. One has a caption of “This 17th-century painting shows shipwrights applying planking to a completed hull.” The second includes the caption “In this 1594 image, craftsmen have constructed a ship’s backbone and begun to apply the frames.”
Pictures of Shipwright Tools appear on the right side of the marker. These include an axe, caulking mallet, pitch ladle, auger, jerry iron, reeming iron, and adez.
 
Also see . . .  Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 21, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker at Charles Towne Landing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Marker at Charles Towne Landing
The ship skeleton can be seen behind the marker.
Trading Ketch <i>Adventure</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. Trading Ketch Adventure
This fully constructed ship is located within sight of the marker. It is the same size as the ship skeleton.
Below Decks on the <i>Adventure</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
5. Below Decks on the Adventure
The ribs of the Adventure can be seen on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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