© 1998

The Persistence of Sail in the Age of Steam

Underwater Archaeological Evidence from the Dry Tortugas


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 1-7
  3. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 9-28
  4. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 29-48
  5. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 49-83
  6. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 85-101
  7. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 103-121
  8. Donna J. Souza
    Pages 123-131
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 133-189

About this book


In Archaeology Under Water (1966: 19), pioneer nautical archaeologist George Bass pointed out how much easier it is to train someone who is already an archaeologist to become a diver than to take trained divers and teach them to do archaeology. While this is 'generally true, there have also been occasions when well-trained and enthusiastic sport-divers have been willing to accept the train­ ing and discipline necessary to conduct good archaeological science, becoming first-rate scholars in the process. Dr. Donna Souza's book is the product of just such a transition. It shows how a sport-diver and volunteer fieldworker can proceed through a rigorous graduate program to achieve research results that are convincing in their own right and point toward new directions in the discipline as a whole. What is new in this book for maritime archaeology? Perhaps the most obvious and important feature of Dr. Souza's archaeological and historical analysis of the wreck at Pulaski Reef and its contemporaries in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, is the way it serves as a means to a larger end---namely an understanding of the social history of the transition from sail to steam in late nineteenth century maritime commerce in America. The relationship between changes in technology and culture is a classic theme in anthropology, and this study extends ~t theme into the domain of underwater archaeology.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Persistence of Sail in the Age of Steam
  • Book Subtitle Underwater Archaeological Evidence from the Dry Tortugas
  • Authors Donna J. Souza
  • Series Title The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45843-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-0141-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-0139-2
  • Series ISSN 1566-7758
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 189
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`...the method she used in her study and analysis of six shipwrecks on the Pulaski Reef site in the Dry Tortugas gives preservationists an excellent model for conducting minimum impact archaeology. ...excellent use of illustrations, using only line drawings and pertinent black-and-white photographs. Of interest to the scholar and researcher are the appendices tabulating steam versus sail losses, insurance losses, salvage records, and information on the number and types of wreckers working in the Dry Tortugas. The Persistence of Sail in the Age of Steam demonstrates well the movement within underwater archaeology towards minimal site excavation and in situ preservation.'
Nautical Research Journal, 47:4 (2002)