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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.