Cape Cod's Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk

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In 1626–27, the Sparrow-Hawk began her final journey across the brutal winter waves of the Atlantic Ocean, departing from the southern coast of England with America as her goal. As cases of scurvy and whispers of mutiny rose, the hopes of those aboard the small vessel began to fade. The ever-changing coastline of Cape Cod caused the Sparrow-Hawk to run aground. Desperate to repair their ship and attain their goal of becoming wealthy Virginia tobacco planters, the passengers wrecked her again, forcing them to abandon their beloved ship and take up residence in Plymouth Colony. Revealed by the tides over two hundred years later, the wreckage was pillaged by local scavengers and put on display in Boston. Join Mark Wilkins as he delves into the secrets of the Sparrow-Hawk.
ISBN: 9781596298606
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Images: 42
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Mark Wilkins is the director and curator of the Atwood House Museum, home of the Chatham Historical Society. Mr. Wilkins has worked for the Smithsonian Institution. Formerly the director and curator of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, he and a dedicated band of volunteers built a replica of an 1886 Crosby catboat, the Sarah. Mr. Wilkins lectures on a variety of historical topics on the Cape and the South Shore. He has spent many years researching and developing vessels for which little or no conclusive evidence exists. He spends many hours in archives, libraries, and museums ferreting out bits of information that will lend clarity to what such vessels may have looked like. He then constructs a detailed model and an overview of the “chain of evidence” to support his conclusions. These have been executed for various maritime museums nationwide. He endeavors to make this process a collaborative effort between historians, curators, independent researchers and boat builders. Mr. Wilkins also has made several speculative reconstructions of vessels from the seventeenth century and builds historic replicas of full-sized boats.
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