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Maritime Archaeology Course (MAC)

Wooden Ship & Boat Construction Course

MADU are able to offer a variety of 1 & 2 day Maritime Archaeology Courses including "Wooden Ship & Boat Construction".

Course Aims and Objectives:

These two-day courses combine classroom theory sessions with practical exercises based around inspecting the materials, fixtures and fittings used in the construction of Wooden Sailing Vessels, with special attention being paid to Square Riggers of the 19th century.

The course looks at the diverse variety of maritime craft that may be encountered, with specific attention being paid to Wooden Vessels. The various materials used in Ship and Boat construction together with the different methods employed in their creation are considered, and the identification and terminology used in wooden vessels are discussed.

During the course, detailed attention is paid to Wooden Vessels and the terminology used in both the timber components and the non-timber features that may be found on these craft. Specific focus is also given to improving the knowledge base of the students in the recognition of Wooden Ship and Boat components together with the methods of construction employed.

Students also have the opportunity to put the information and knowledge obtained in the classroom into practice, studying and identifying significant components to be found on Wooden Sailing Vessels, and recording their features.

Course Aims & Objectives

During the course students will be introduced to: 

Course Learning Outcomes:

The following examples are taken from various Wooden Ship & Boat Construction courses run both in the United Kingdom and America.

Hartlepool (October 2019)

This course was held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool with the practical elements held on HMS Trincomalee which is moored in the wet dock within the museum.

HMS Trincomalee
The course was based around HMS Trincomalee
The classroom Inspecting below decks
A classroom session in Hartlepool Inspecting and recording below decks
A guided tour above decks by the museum's curator A guided tour below decks by the the museum's curator
A guided tour above & below decks provided by the museum's curator
Inspecting at the bow below the orlop deck Inspecting the bilges at the stern
Inspecting the bilges at the bow below the orlop deck and through a hatch at the stern
Invading the armoury Invading the armoury
Invading the armoury
Small wooden boat Other wooden vessels inspected
Other wooden vessels inspected

Portsmouth (April 2017)

The theory element of this course was held at the Nautical Archaeology Society offices in Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, with the practical elements being held on HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

HMS Victory
The course was based around HMS Victory
A classroom session Inspecting HMS Victory
A classroom session at Fort Cumberland Inspecting HMS Victory
Pumps Cannons
Pumps Cannons
Cut away model of HMS Victory Cut away model of HMS Victory
Cut away models of HMS Victory
Other wooden vessels inspected Other wooden vessels inspected
Other wooden vessels inspected

Traverse City, USA (July 2015)

The theory element of this course was held at the Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, USA. Unfortunately, no suitable wooden sailing vessels were available in the area at the time, so the practical elements were held at the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding workshops and on the M/Y Manitou in Greilickville, and at the Inland Seas Education Association centre and on the M/Y Inland Seas in Suttons Bay Marina.

The course was based around the Motor Yachts:
M/Y Manitou M/Y Inland Seas
M/Y Manitou M/Y Inland Seas
A classroom session at NMC in Michigan Students on the M/Y Inland Seas
A classroom session at NMC in Michigan Students on the M/Y Inland Seas
The winch on M/Y Manitou The winch on M/Y Inland Seas
The winch on M/Y Manitou The winch on M/Y Inland Seas
A ship model Half models
Items inspected at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Vessels inspected at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops Vessels inspected at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Vessels inspected at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Vessels inspected at the Inland Seas Education Association Centre Vessels inspected at the Inland Seas Education Association Centre
Vessels inspected at the Inland Seas Education Association Centre

Traverse City, USA (July 2014)

The theory element of this course was held at the Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, USA, with the practical elements held at the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding workshops and on the de-masted S/Y Welcome and the M/Y MC-1551-KJ in Greilickville.

The course was based around the Sailing Yacht Welcome
The course was based around the Sailing Yacht Welcome
A classroom session at NMC in Michigan The Motor Yacht MC-1551-KJ
A classroom session at NMC in Michigan The Motor Yacht MC-1551-KJ
Looking at the stern of the Sailing Yacht Welcome Looking towards the bow on the Sailing Yacht Welcome
Looking towards the stern and the bow on the Sailing Yacht Welcome
The mast on the Motor Yacht MC-1881-KJ The mast on the Motor Yacht MC-1881-KJ
The mast on the Motor Yacht MC-1881-KJ
Inspection of the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops Inspection of the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Inspection of the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Models at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops Models at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Models at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops

Portsmouth (October 2013)

The theory element of this course was held at the Nautical Archaeology Society offices in Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, with the practical elements being held on HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

HMS Victory
The course was based around HMS Victory
A classroom session The plaque commemorating Nelson
A classroom session at Fort Cumberland The plaque commemorating Nelson
The Gun Deck Capstan
The Upper Gun Deck The Jeer Capstan
The Gun Deck
The Middle Gun Deck
Rachel on the Fore'deck Rachel on the Fore'deck
Rachel on the Fore'deck
Study of iron knees Study of iron knees
Study of iron knees
Study of iron knees Study of iron knees

Traverse City (June 2012)

The theory element of this course was held at the Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, USA, with the practical elements held at the Cannery Boathouse Museum, Glen Haven, the Sleeping Bear Point Coastguard Station, the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding workshops and on the S/Y Welcome in Greilickville.

Sailing Yacht Welcome
The course was based around the Sailing Yacht Welcome
A classroom session The sailing yacht Welcome
A classroom session at NMC in Michigan The Sailing Yacht Welcome
Looking towards the stern on the sailing yacht Welcome Looking towards the bow on the Sailing Yacht Welcome
Looking towards the stern and the bow on the Sailing Yacht Welcome
A log tomeasure the speed through the water Mock up of t ships wheelhouse
Maritime items from the Sleeping Bear Point Coastguard Station Museum
Offest Stern Gear Stern Gear
Stern gear
A wooden vessel being inspected at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops Traditional canoes at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
Other vessels inspected at the Maritime Heritage Alliance Boatbuilding Workshops
A vessels on display at the Cannery Boathouse Museum in Glen Haven A lifeboat on display at the Sleeping Bear Point Coastguard Station
Other vessels inspected at the Cannery Boathouse Museum at Glen Haven and the Sleeping Bear Point Coastguard Station
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If you are interested in having a similar course run for your club or organisation, please contact us for further information.

 

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