© 2003

The Life and Times of a Merchant Sailor

The Archaeology and History of the Norwegian Ship Catharine


Part of the The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 1-2
  3. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 3-13
  4. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 15-19
  5. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 21-29
  6. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 31-53
  7. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 55-69
  8. Jason M. Burns
    Pages 71-78
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 79-113

About this book


Historical archaeologists are in a unique position to analyze both historical documents and archaeological data in order to generate hypotheses and draw conclusions. In this work, the data not only provided the history of the ship "Catharine" but also the economic, social and political environments in which the ship was built and employed.

This work focuses not only on the shipwreck and the wrecking event, but on the history and archaeology of a single ship. With this expanded view, the research also delves into:
*International shipbuilding;
*The struggle for dominance in the ship trade in the 19th century.

This book will be of interest to underwater, historical and cultural archaeologists, social historians, cultural heritage managers and archaeologists working in the southeastern United States.


archaeological investigations archaeology artifacts cultural heritage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime ProgramSt. AugustineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Life and Times of a Merchant Sailor
  • Book Subtitle The Archaeology and History of the Norwegian Ship Catharine
  • Authors Jason M. Burns
  • Series Title The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-47389-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-4966-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-0209-8
  • Series ISSN 1566-7758
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 113
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    History, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

"Burns successfully uses a wide assortment of historical information along with the results of a recent archaeological survey to tell the story of the wreck of a nineteenth-century merchant vessel off Pensacola, Florida. … The bibliographic references are wide-ranging, with a good mixture of historical studies, period documents related to shipbuilding, and modern comparative archaeological studies. … In sum, Burns offers an interesting story that is well researched and well written." (Dennis Knepper, Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. 17 (1), Spring 2006)