Re: Another Introduction
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- --- In WarOf1812@y..., "maintopman" <frigates@m...> wrote:
> Tom Apple wrote:Hey Roger,
> > > I recently had the pleasure to view many of the artifacts from
> the HMS
> > DeBraak. A singular treasure trove of circa 1798 material culture.
> I don't think I even know about that one, Tom - tell me about it. Is
> there a website?
The HMS DeBraak is a RN brig that was sunk in a sudden squall off of
Cape Henlopen, Delaware in 1798. I mounted about a dozen or so 24 pfr
carronades and some six pdr chasers. It was formerly a Dutch vessel
captured by the Brits and modified.
The artifacts were recklessly salvaged by a salvage company who believed
there was a large sum of gold aboard, which there wasn't. A lot of fiber
and leather artifacts and an actual complete RN galley stove was pitched
over board when their barge was overloaded.
Fortunately the Delaware State Museum bought the collection and started
having it preserved.
A large amount of shoes, leather accouterments, knitted stockings and
hat, clothing fragments, weapons, basically everything you find on a
ship was found, even wigs. Chuck Fithian is the curator of Archaeology
for the State of Delaware and has been working to get everything
conserved. They found a multitude of interesting naval buttons, many
identfying rank that weren't authorized until nine years later in 1807.
Some neat composition officer button with the layer of gold foil
laminated to it on the face of it. There is loads of cooperage, chests
full of grapeshot, eating utensils and dishes, medical vials and
bottles, the sum of it blows you away.
Shomette, wrote a book about it. The title escapes me but it is
something with DeBraak in it. I haven't the opportunity to see that
particular book yet. Some of the collection is on display in a museum in
- Hi, Tom. Yes, all listed in Lyon with, just as you say, a note about
the irresponsible "salvage". Original lines and profile and "as
fitted" drafts of the brig exist in the Admiralty Plans collection at