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Ship Documentation and Model Progress
Ship documentation and research has continued over the past few months. Efforts have primarily focused on creating 3D models of the ship hulls found at the Robinson Terminal South Site (44AX235).
On the last scanning trip in late January- early February, City archaeologists and Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) researchers finished scanning Ship #3 material and scanned nearly all the structural timbers from Ship #1 including the frames, keel, and keelson. These are some of the most important timbers for determining a vessel’s size and shape.
Back in College Station, CRL researchers working remotely from home have made huge progress on creating 3D models of the hulls. The digital reconstruction of Ship #2 is almost complete. Researchers only need to add a few more planks to the model. The CRL has also made significant progress on the Ship #3 model. All the floors and first futtocks have been installed and are now being aligned as the hull planking is added to the model.
The CRL’s model maker has assembled all the 3D printed timbers from Ship #2. He has now started laying down a set of hull lines that will be used for creating the metal framing for the model. These lines are based on extensive historic research and the size and shape of the archaeologically recovered portion of the hull.
One more scanning trip is necessary to finish documenting all the ship timbers from this project. The team hopes to schedule this trip as soon as restrictions allow. We are excited to fully document all these timbers so that we can learn more about these vessels!