Katherine I. Goodall
THE BURROUGHS WRECK: A KEY TO EIGHTEENTH CENTURY SHIP CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE PORT OF EDENTON.
(Under the direction of Professor Bradley Rodgers) Department of History, July 2003.
In the summer of 2001, East Carolina University's Maritime Studies field school investigated and mapped a wreck in Edenton, North Carolina. This thesis is the result of further research on the nature of the wreck and on the history of Edenton. It examines the wreck in context with other eighteenth century vessels in order to study changes in ship building methods. The thesis details the evolution of ship construction techniques during this time, with the introduction of cant frames in the bow and stern of vessels, the simplification of scarfs and joints, the increase in space between frames and the enlargement of the gap between the end of the first futtock and the keel. It also explores the relationship between vessel nationality and fastener type.