Iron and Steamship Archaeology

Success and Failure on the SS Xantho

  • Michael McCarthy

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pages 1-6
  3. Pages 67-88
  4. Pages 129-150
  5. Pages 185-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-234

About this book


In the early 1980s the author was asked to investigate the newly discovered wreck of the Xantho, an iron screw steamship active off the Australian coast during the period 1848 to 1872, and to develop a strategy to stop the looting that was occurring at the site. This relatively straightforward assignment turned into a long-term research program for applying maritime archaeology to the conservation of iron-hulled wrecks.


SS Xantho excavation process iron screw steamship iron wrecks iron-hulled wreck maritime archaeology steamship archaeology wrecksite analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael McCarthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Australian Maritime MuseumFremantleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46365-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47190-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7758
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