Historic Timbers

Thank you to Jeremy Borrelli and our friends at the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University for creating this 3D model! 

In the summer of 2019 artifacts from Swansboro’s early shipbuilding era were found after demolition at the Icehouse Restaurant (note curvature for hull and planing on the sides). They date back to the era of wooden shipbuilding. Were they possibly cut for a 1700s schooner? 

Over 10 pieces of live oak curing blanks were brought up in the area of the original Swansboro wharf. Thanks to the combined efforts of Icehouse owner, Randy Swanson, Gloria Sanders who donated the preservation space, local experts from the N.C. Maritime Museums, state underwater archeologists, and dedicated volunteer, David Killette, the timbers have been desalinated and restored for display.