The Ship that Held Up Wall Street tells the story of the discovery, excavation, and investigation of what came to be called the “Ronson ship site,” named for the site’s developer. Entombed in Manhattan’s financial district for more than two hundred years, the ship proved to be the first major discovery of a British colonial merchant ship.
Years of arduous analytical detective work have led to critical breakthroughs revealing how the ship was designed and constructed, its probable identity as Princess Carolina (built 1717 in Charleston, South Carolina), its history as a merchant ship, and why and how it came to be buried in Manhattan.
Winner of Mystic Seaport Museum’s 2015 John Gardner Maritime Research Award.
Texas A&M University Press, 2014. Hard cover 8.5 x 11, 112 pages, 37 B&W photos, 17 line art. Glossary. Index. $29.00 Available November 15, 2014.
Angel Gabriel: The Elusive English Galleon presents the history of and search for the remains of a fascinating seventeenth-century ship. She was built for Sir Walter Raleigh’s last expedition to America in 1617, carried many people on adventures in the Atlantic Ocean for eighteen years, brought families to settle in America, and was wrecked by a hurricane at Pemaquid, Maine in 1635.
Primary and secondary sources indicate that at least eleven families sailed to New England on her last voyage: Andrews, Bailey, Blaesdell, Bradbury, Burnham, Cogswell, Furber, Haines, Hook, Simpson, and Tuttle. Some information about their lives in America is included in Chapter 5.
1797 House, 2001. Paperback, 132 pages, 17 B&W photos, 16 line art. Appendix/Glossary. Index. $15.00.