The Alexandria Museum of Archeology announced on Twitter that a new upcoming exhibit at the Torpedo Factory will offer a digital guided tour of one of the ships found buried beneath the Old City waterfront.
In 2018, the hulls of three mid-18th century ships were found buried underground during an excavation at the Robinson Landing development. The crown jewel of the archaeological find, however, was an almost intact lower hull of one of the ships.
The ship became an object of intense study and even late criticism of shipbuilding. The hull was even carefully disassembled and sent in pieces to Texas A&M for further study.
The ship’s eventual fate still remains unknown, with the idea of a new waterfront museum having been floated as a possible home.
The new exhibit won’t take up as much space as the full ship will: it opens in Studio #9 on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory.
The exhibition is scheduled to open on Friday, April 1 and remain there until June.
Learn about shipbuilding through the eyes of maritime archaeologists in SeeWorthy, a new exhibit highlighting the technology used to digitally reconstruct historic ships. The exhibition opens on 4/1 at Studio #9, on the 1st floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center #Wednesday by the water pic.twitter.com/5KS8gX2yjp
— AlexVA Archeology (@AlexArchaeology) March 16, 2022