The Denbigh Project: Test excavations at the wreck of an American Civil War blockade-runner

Citation
Jb. Arnold et al., The Denbigh Project: Test excavations at the wreck of an American Civil War blockade-runner, WORLD ARCHA, 32(3), 2001, pp. 400-412
Citations number
18
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
400 - 412
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200102)32:3<400:TDPTEA>2.0.ZU;2-H
Abstract
The wreck of the Denbigh, one of the most successful and famous blockade-ru nners of the American Civil War (1861-5), was located and recorded near Gal veston in Texas in 1997. The vessel was built in 1860 as a coastal paddle s teamer by Laird, Sons & Co. of Birkenhead (Merseyside, England), and incorp orated all the latest features of design and technology. After three years as a passenger steamer on the Irish Sea the Denbigh sailed for Cuba, where she worked as a blockade-runner taking material to and from the Confederate South from early 1864 until her grounding and destruction by Union forces on 23-4 May 1865. This paper provides updated findings on the ship's histor y and covers the 1999 test excavation phase of an underwater archaeology pr oject to investigate the wreck. As a case-study in historical archaeology t he Denbigh Project seeks to integrate documentary, pictorial and material e vidence in a way which provides a model for future investigations of shipwr ecks of the recent historic past.