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In 1993 and 1994 the Underwater Archaeology Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology conducted an intensive survey of the remains of a small, wooden hulled craft in the Great Pee Dee River near Cheraw, South Carolina. The project was sponsored in part by the Cheraw Historical Society and partially funded by a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council. The Ingram Vessel (38CT204), named after its discoverer Miller Ingram, lay overturned and largely buried beneath the river sediments and protected by a large mushroom-shaped rock just upstream of the site. The site was partially excavated and the hull remains mapped in situ. The investigation revealed a shallow draught, keeled vessel, built entirely of Southern Yellow Pine. The site is tentatively dated to the late 18th-early 19th century. Overall dimensions are estimated to have been approximately 15.5m (50ft, l0 in) in length, with a maximum beam of 4.6m (15ft, lin). This report details the research on the site and places the vessel within a regional maritime historical context. The vessel is, to date, the only ship-built hull excavated in an uplands context near the head of navigation of a South Carolina river.

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The South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology--University of South Carolina




Excavations, Vessels, Great Pee Dee River, Cheraw Historical Society, Cheraw, South Carolina, Archeology



The Ingram Vessel 38CT204: Intensive Survey & Excavation of an Upland Rivercraft at Cheraw, South Carolina

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