Ken Cassavoy Completes Barge Report

Historic Barges working with Chantry Island in the background

Ken Cassavoy professional archaeologist and Southampton resident completed his report for the Province of Ontario on the Work Barge found in conjunction with the investigation of the Brig HMS General Hunter.

The project work was begun on the beach at Southampton on April 28, 2007 after a long planning process.  The Barge was moved down the beach and buried deeper after much work by ship recording expert Stan McLellan, Site Photographer Larry LePage, Historian Patrick Folkes and Field Director Leslie Currie all working under the the overall direction of Cassavoy.

We are all used to watching archaeologists work on the History and Discovery Channel, but the hard work is afterward in doing the reports and analysis.  Often outside experts are brought into the process like Professor Larson from the University of Guelph.

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The final barge report is added to the other reports about the Hunter and includes colour pictures, drawings, analysis and artifact findings as well as a fine picture of like barges in action working on the Harbour of refuge in Southampton in the latter part of the 19th century.

According to Cassavoy, the investigation, lift, move and reburial of the barge were done on time and under budget and represent a unique time in history and a rare use of techniques on the well preserved barge.  It is just another piece in the HMS General Hunter investigation that began in 2001.

For a video of the final phase of the project see:

Lifting the Historic Barge on the Southampton Beach May 2007

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