2022 NC Maritime History Council's

32nd Annual Conference 

Leisure and Labor on the Carolina Coast

December 1-3, 2022

Postcard of the Lumina Pavilion, Wrightsville Beach, N.C., circa 1917. From the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Library
Postcard ,Wrightsville Beach, N.C., circa 1917.
From the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill Library
Durwood Barbour Collection

Conference Registration

Swansboro, North Carolina

 

Thursday, December 1

Swansboro Historical Association

(502 W. Church Street, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584)

 

 

4:30-6:00

Registration & Opening Reception

 

Friday, December 2

Swansboro Historical Association

 

8:00   

Registration

 

8:50   

Welcome

 

9:00-10:00

Session Theme: Maritime Recreation

9:00

Maritime Indians: The Coastal Algonquians of North Carolina

Dr. Christopher Arris OakleyProfessor,

Dept. of History, East Carolina University

Email: oakleyc@ecu.edu

 

9:20

Twentieth Century Racing, Waterfowl Hunting, and Bootlegging Boats of North Carolina

Phipps, Raymond et al.

Program in Maritime Studies, History Department, East Carolina University

 

9:40

African American Labor and Recreation in WW II era Wilmington

Daniel Masters, Student of Maritime and Atlantic History and Coastal and Marine Resources

East Carolina University

Email: mastersd21@students.ecu.edu

 

10:00

Session Maritime Recreation Q & A

 

10:10  

Break

 

10:30-11:50  

Session Theme: Maritime Industry

 

10:30

Archaeological Inventory of Rice Plantation Waterways Along the Brunswick River

Stephanie Sterling, M.A. Student, Maritime Studies

Department of History, East Carolina University

Email: sterlings19@students.ecu.edu

 

10:50

Reconstructing the Castle: Exploring the Industrial History of Castle Island, Washington, North Carolina

Jason T. Raupp, PhD, RPA Assistant Professor

Program in Maritime StudiesEast Carolina University

Email: rauppj14@ecu.edu

 

11:10

Building the Bridge to Paradise

Jim Senter

 

11:30

Rowing in the Rice Fields of Eagles Island: Investigative Tools Old and New

Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing, Archaeologist, NC Underwater Archaeology Branch (retired)

Dr. Joni Thomas Backstrom, Assistant Professor – UNCW Department of Environmental Sciences

 

11:50

Session Maritime Industry Q & A

 

12:00  

Lunch

 

1:40-3:00  

Session Theme: Historic Fisheries

1:40

“A Perpetual Franchise to Cultivate Oysters”: Corporate Oyster Gardens in Late 19 th Century North Carolina

David Bennett, Curator of Maritime History

North Carolina Maritime Museum System

Email: David.bennett@ncdcr.gov

 

2:00

In Pursuit of a Humble Beast: The Connection Between Diamond City Whalers and the Maritime Landscape of Cape Lookout

Winston Sandahl, MA student Maritime Studies | ECU Department of History

Email: sandahlw20@students.ecu.edu

 

2:20

“A Dangerous and Exhausting Struggle”: Hunting the Devil Fish of Coastal North and South Carolina

Lynn B. Harris (PhD) Professor, Program in Maritime Studies,

History Department, East Carolina University

Email: harrisly@ecu.edu

 

2:40

Ridding the Ocean of “Sea Vermin”: Twentieth Century Shark Fishing of the North Carolina Coast

Logan Willis

 Program in Maritime Studies, History Department, East Carolina University

Email: willisl16@students.ecu.edu

 

3:00

Session Historic Fisheries Q & A

 

3:10  

Break

 

3:30-4:50

Session Theme: Maritime Military History

3:30

Volunteers or Volun-tolds? African American “hands” at NC coastal fortifications in 1861

Alex Christopher Meekins, Editor – North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster

Historical Research and Publications Office

NC Office of Archives and History

Email: chris.meekins@ncdcr.gov

 

3:50

Toiling for the Confederacy: Impressed and conscripted workers at Fort Fisher

Becky SawyerCollections Mgr/Exhibit Coordinator, Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Email: becky.sawyer@ncdcr.gov

 

4:10

The U.S. Coast Guard, a.k.a. the “North Carolina Navy”

William H. Thiesen, Ph.D.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian

Email: William.H.Thiesen@uscg.mil

 

4:30

Black Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: Searching for a Lost WWII Oil Tanker

John DetlieM.A. Candidate, Maritime Studies, East Carolina University

Email: detliej20@students.ecu.edu

 

4:50

Session Maritime Military History Q & A

 

5:00   

Break

 

5:30

Keynote & Dinner

Swansboro Food & Beverage Co.

 

The History of the Sport of Surfing in North Carolina

Ben Wunderly, Curator of Education,

NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort

Email: ben.wunderly@ncdcr.gov

 

 

Saturday, December 3

Hammocks Beach State Park

(1572 State Rd 1511, Swansboro, NC 28584)

 

8:00  

Registration

 

8:50  

Welcome

 

9:00-10:20  

Session Theme: Maritime Communities

9:00

Shackleford Banks: Applying Archaeological and Geospatial Approaches to Maritime Settlement and Abandonment

Kendra EllisMA Candidate Program in Maritime Studies, Department of History

Email: elliske20@students.ecu.edu

 

9:20

Sailing Bessie: Reconstructing the Rig of an Antebellum Canoe-Boat

Dr. David Stewart, Associate Professor

Program in Maritime Studies

Dept. of History, East Carolina University

Email: stewartda@ecu.edu

 

9:40

Evidence Suggests the Midgetts Were Actually Mighty

Jillian Schuler, MA Candidate

Program in Maritime Studies,

Department of History, East Carolina University

Email: schulerj20@students.ecu.edu

 

10:00

Deep Mapping the African American Fisheries Landscape of the Albemarle Sound in the 19 th and 20 th Centuries

Levi HoltonMA Candidate

Program in Maritime Studies,

Department of HistoryEast Carolina University

Email: holtonl21@students.ecu.edu

 

10:20

Session Maritime Communities Q & A

 

10:40

Break

 

11:00-12:20  

Session Theme: NC Shipwrecks

11:00

Queen Victoria (1856-1866): From the River Clyde and Canadian Confederation to a Carolina Shipwreck

Dr. Nathan Richards

Program in Maritime Studies, Department of History

East Carolina University

Email: RICHARDSN@ecu.edu

 

11:20

Extracting Diagnostic Information from Historic Ship Timber Surface Marks: The Case of La Concorde/Queen Anne’s Revenge (1710-1718)

Ian C. DunsheeM.A. Student, Editor Stem to Stern

President Maritime Studies Association (MSA)

Program in Maritime StudiesECU Dept. of History

 

11:40

“They prepared a rotten carcass of a boat”: The Consequences of Corruption in the Construction and Loss of Metropolis

Matthew Pawelski

 

12:00

The Tranter’s Creek Shipwreck: A Preliminary Reconstruction of its Hull Shape

Christopher Jackson (MA student, East Carolina University) et al.

 

12:20

Session NC Shipwrecks Q & A 

 

12:30

End of Conference

Please Join Us Again Next Year

Conference Venues

Swansboro Historical Association

Swansboro Heritage Center

502 W. Church Street, Swansboro, North Carolina 28584

Hammocks Beach State Park

 1572 State Rd 1511, Swansboro, NC 28584

Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites

This year’s conference hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites in Swansboro. Reservations in this room block must be made by November 1 in order to guarantee the rate. Participants are encouraged to use the provided link, but may also call the number provided and ask for the group rate of the NC Maritime History Council. The hotel information and link are as follows:

 https://group.hamptoninn.com/vwkhys

 215 Old Hammock Rd
Swansboro, NC 28584
910-325-9000 Office

Post-Conference Activities

(Pre-Register)

TBD

Tributaries

Tributaries is the annual publication of the North Carolina Maritime History Council. Any presenters at the Council’s annual conference are encouraged to submit a paper to Tributaries, which is published in November each year. The journal accepts a range of articles in the field of maritime studies and seeks to support continuing historical, archaeological, and cultural research by publishing articles and reviews related to the maritime history and culture of North Carolina and the Eastern seaboard. All members of the maritime history community, including students and independent researchers, are welcome to submit articles and/or reviews. Contributors need not be members of the NCMHC or live in the state of North Carolina. Manuscripts submitted for consideration must be based on original research and analysis, and all manuscripts are subject to a peer review process at the editor’s discretion. For more information about Tributaries, please contact the editor, Jeremy Borrelli (borrellij16@ecu.edu).

 

2021 NC Maritime History Council's

31st Annual Conference

November 4-6, 2021

Southport, North Carolina

 

Thursday, November 4 

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

4:30-6:00 pm               Registration & Opening Reception 

 

Friday, November 5

Southport Community Building

8:00-8:50 am         Registration  & Sign In

8:50-9:00 am         Welcome 
 
9:00-9:30 am       
Hidden Beneath the Waves: Exploring North Carolina’s Underwater Cultural Heritage
Presented by: Tane Casserley and Chris Southerly, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and North Carolina Underwater Archaeology 

9:30-10:00 am       
The Program in Maritime Studies Summer 2021 Field School:
An Exploration of the Shipwrecks and Settlements of Shackleford Island and Core Banks
Presented by: Nathan Richards, Jason Raupp, Jeremy Borrelli, Director & Professor, Program in Maritime Studies, Department of History, East Carolina University
 
10:00-10:30 am    
Mapping the Shorescape: Developing a Holistic Approach to Assessing Storm
Damages to North Carolina’s Maritime Legacies
Presented by: Melissa A. Timo, M.A., R.P.A., Office of State Archaeology, Historic Cemetery Specialist
 
10:30-10:45 am      Break 
 
10:45-11:15 am        
Soldiers of Fortuna: Re-Contextualizing the Spanish Attack of Brunswick Town,
NC (1748)
Presented by: Jeremy Borrelli, Staff Archaeologist, East Carolina University, Program of Maritime Studies

11:15-11:45 am      
Dredging Up History: An Oyster Vessel Wrecked in Washington, North Carolina
Presented by: Patrick Boyle, Masters Candidate 

11:45-12:15 am      
One Whale of a Bridge: A History of North Carolina’s Old Bone Foot Log
Presented by: Dominic Bush, PhD Candidate, Coastal Resource Management, East Carolina University

12:15-1:30 pm         Lunch 

1:30-2:00 pm        
Manipulated by Hand and Moon: Black Geographies and the Tidal Rice Fields of the Brunswick River
Presented by: Stephanie Sterling, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University

2:00-2:30 pm         
The Enslaved Maritime Industry, a Family “Business”
Presented by: Mackenzie Mirre Tabeling, M.A. Student at East Carolina University

2:30-3:00 pm        
Foodways of the Enslaved Aboard Early 18th Century Slave Vessels
Presented by: Michaela Hoots, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University
 
3:00-3:15 pm        Break 
 
3:15-3:45 pm          
The Cultural Significance of a Dugout Canoe to People of the Past and Present
Presented by: Lydia Downs, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University

3:45-4:15 pm       
Metropolis and O’Keefe: Studying a Currituck Beach Shipwreck
Presented by: Matt Pawelski, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University

4:15-4:45 pm         
“Stripped Clean by Wind and Water”: The Search for a Provincetown Whaler
Wrecked in Cape Lookout, North Carolina
Presented by: Lindsay Wentzel, Maritime Studies Program, East Carolina University
 
4:45-5:30 p.m.       Break
 
5:30-9:00 p.m.   
Reception, Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Southport Community Building
Caterer by Middle of the Island (Wrightsville Beach, NC)
Menu: Chicken, Seafood, and Vegetarian selections
Beer & Wine – cash bar
 
Keynote Speaker: David Cecelski
The Color of Water: Race & Maritime History on the North Carolina Coast
Twenty years after The Waterman's Song, Dr. Cecelski will carry the story of the African American freedom struggle in maritime NC forward into the 20th century and beyond.

Saturday, November 6

Southport Community Building

8:00-8:50 am              Registration & Sign In  

8:50-9:00 am              Welcome 

9:00-9:30 am             
Revaluating the Origins of North Carolina’s Menhaden Industry 
Presented by: David M. Bennett, Curator of Maritime History, North Carolina Maritime Museum System

9:30-10:00 am         
The Titanic Distress Message: Fact or Fiction?
Presented by: Thomas C. Jepsen, Historian 

10:00-10:30 am         
Uncovering the Hidden History of the North Carolina Coast at the Outer Banks History Center
Presented by: Samantha Crisp, Director, Outer Banks History Center
 
10:30-10:45 am           Break
 
10:45-11:15 am         
Shedding New Light on a Familiar Story: Recent Discoveries from
Archaeological Site 31CR314, La Concorde/Queen Anne’s Revenge 
Presented by: Kimberly Kenyon, Co-Principal Investigator, La Concorde/Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck, NC Office of State Archaeology

11:15-11:45 a.m.         
Every Tree Tells A Story 
Presented by: Chris Southerly, North Carolina Underwater Archaeology, NC OSA 

 

Conference Venues

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport stands at the confluence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean.  The museum inhabits the officer’s quarters on the grounds at Fort Johnston. 

Southport Community Building

223 East Bay Street Southport, NC 28461 

Southport, a quaint coastal town at the confluence of the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, will host the 2021 conference. Known for its iconic oak trees, boatbuilding, and fisheries industries, this community is filled with outdoor recreation, museums, restaurants, and shops. 

Accommodations

River Hotel of Southport

704 East Moore Street Southport, NC 28461

A nine-minute walk to the Conference and NC Maritime Museum. 30 rooms are blocked with double occupancy. NC Maritime History Council Conference Rate is $118.00 plus taxes. Conference attendees must reserve their room before October 10, 2021. 

Post-Conference Activities

(Pre-Register)

Annual Southport Wooden Boat Show – Old Yacht Basin

Bald Head Island Package – Lighthouse and museum, tour of the island (ferry ride)

Tour of NC Underwater Archaeology Branch at Kure Beach (ferry ride)

Tributaries

Tributaries is the annual publication of the North Carolina Maritime History Council. Any presenters at the Council’s annual conference are encouraged to submit a paper to Tributaries, which is published in November each year. The journal accepts a range of articles in the field of maritime studies and seeks to support continuing historical, archaeological, and cultural research by publishing articles and reviews related to the maritime history and culture of North Carolina and the Eastern seaboard. All members of the maritime history community, including students and independent researchers, are welcome to submit articles and/or reviews. Contributors need not be members of the NCMHC or live in the state of North Carolina. Manuscripts submitted for consideration must be based on original research and analysis, and all manuscripts are subject to a peer review process at the editor’s discretion. For more information about Tributaries, please contact the editor, Jeremy Borrelli (borrellij16@ecu.edu).

 

Cover Image: A typical mullet gang at its camp on Shackleford Banks. From: George Brown Goode, ed., The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States, 5 sections (Washington, D.C.: Commission of Fish and Fisheries, 1884-1887), 5, vol. 2, pl. 149.