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The following report details the results of an investigation of the remains of a small historic sailing craft, The Malcolm Boat (38CH803), discovered in a mud bank of the Ashley River in 1985. The investigation, conducted in June of 1992, with partial funding support from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, revealed that the vessel was a small ocean-going hull dating to the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the first quarter of the nineteenth. The analysis presented discusses the vessel's age, method of construction and function as a coastal or possibly inter-islander trader, and places the vessel within a regional maritime historical context. Historical context is provided in the form of the background history of shipbuilding in South Carolina and a preliminary typology of local small craft. Methods of site stabilization for intertidal zone sites are discussed with recommendations for future work in this new area of investigation in the state.
The South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology--University of South Carolina
Excavations, Ashley River, Sloops, Shipbuilding, Charleston County, South Carolina, Archeology
Amer, Christopher F.; Barr, William B.; Beard, David V.; Collins, Elizabeth L.; Harris, Lynn B.; Judd, William R.; Naylor, Carl; and Newell, Mark M., "The Malcolm Boat (38CH803): Discovery, Stabilization, Excavation, and Preservation of an Historic Sea Going Small Craft in the Ashley River, Charleston County, South Carolina" (1993). Research Manuscript Series. 195.