Claire P. Dappert
OAKEN WHALE WITH A CAST IRON TAIL: THE SINGLE-DECKED WOOD BULK CARRIER MONOHANSETT.
(Under the direction of Professor Bradley A. Rodgers) Department of History, December 2005.
The study explains the maritime transition from Great Lakes steambarge, to wooden bulk carrier, and to iron and steel bulk carriers. First, a historical narrative explores influential shipbuilders, technological innovations, and economic factors that contributed to the development of wooden bulk carriers. This narrative also incorporates statistical data to show the relationship between increasing vessel drafts and canal depths. Next, Monohansett's working career explores dangers in operating wooden bulk carriers on the lakes. Then, the archaeological investigations of Monohansett are presented, allowing an internal view of its design. Last, Monohansett's construction techniques, as seen in the archaeological record, are compared to several other archaeologically studied wooden bulk carriers, allowing this study to set a definition for their internal design characteristics. In this way, this approach demonstrates how these ships transfer both their form and function into twentieth-century steel bulk carriers while setting a clear definition for their construction techniques.