The archaeologists continue to work in three trenches located on the bow, stern, and center. The trench on the bow is now moving towards the stern in an attempt to better understand the ship and find where the hold may be. During the excavation of the bow, we uncovered what may be a "cathead" or bumpkin on the port side of the ship. A cathead was a carved wooden beam that jutted out from the bow at a 45 degree angle. This beam would help direct and support the raising and the lowering of the anchor. The term cathead comes from the end of the beam often having a cat or lion head carved onto the end. This piece may also be a bumpkin or other piece of ship rigging.
|A piece of ship architecture brought up from bow--the fact that this piece still survives is a great indicator of the ship's preservation.|
The center unit has come down on solid planking with a round post jutting up. Is this part of a mast or perhaps a post that once mounted a gun? At this time it is hard to determine, but what we have learned is that the shipwreck is wonderfully preserved and the potential to learn how Barney retrofitted his flotilla for war is great. Down in the stern area we continue to see disarticulation of timbers and decking. This week we hope to better understand what happened on this end of the wreck as we dig deeper.