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Documentation and Identification of the Two-Masted Schooner "Neptune"
James P. Delgado
Vol. 20, No. 1 (1986), pp. 95-108
Published by: Society for Historical Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25615571
Page Count: 14
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In late December 1982, remains of a wooden vessel were exposed by storm-induced winter beach erosion on the California coast near San Francisco. The environmentally exposed shipwreck remains were carefully documented, allowing a projected architectural reconstruction. Historical research provided a vessel-specific identification. The remains were identified as a starboard hull portion of the "Neptune", a two-masted schooner involved in the lumber trade along the Pacific Coast from 1882 to 1900. Once common, the two-masted schooners of the Pacific Coast are now extinct; the documentation of "Neptune'"s wreckage was the first archaeological investigation of a vessel of this type. Now buried again by beach accretion, the remains provided the basis for a non-destructive maritime archaeological project that illustrates the maxim propounded by J. Richard Steffy (1977): "maximum results from minimum remains." The documentation and identification of the "Neptune" is presented as a case study in approach and illustrates the significance of environmentally exposed wooden shipwreck remains.
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