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Seals joints or gaps in buildings or structures to prevent water, air, or pests from entering, ensuring weatherproofing and insulation.


Clamp: Device used to secure objects tightly together or to hold them in position.


Level: Instrument for determining whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb).


Facilitates the lifting or pulling of heavy objects with reduced effort, increasing efficiency and safety in tasks such as construction or transportation.


Tar: Waterproofs or seals surfaces, commonly used in roofing or paving.


Aromatic wood used for furniture, closets, and chests due to its insect-repellent properties.


Drawknife: Tool with a blade used for shaping wood by removing thin slices.


Hardwood prized for its strength and durability, used in furniture and barrel-making.


Rope: Thick cord made by twisting or braiding strands of fibers or wire together.


Wood: Hard, fibrous substance forming the trunk and branches of trees, used as a building material.


Essential tool for woodworking, stone carving, and metalworking.


Tool used for driving nails, forging metal, and other tasks.


Hand tool used for shaping wood by shaving off thin layers.


Tool used for cutting wood or other materials.


A shipwright specializes in building and repairing wooden ships and boats. They possess woodworking skills and nautical knowledge to construct hulls, decks, and rigging, preserving traditional craftsmanship in maritime industries.

Colonists can thank shipwrights for designing, building, and repairing ships critical for colonial maritime activities, trade, and defense, supporting colonial prosperity and security.

Tools of the Trade

Timber (oak, pine)
Metal fasteners (nails, bolts)
Shipbuilding tools (saws, drills, adzes)
Rigging and sails

Sights, Smells, Sounds

Sights: Workbenches cluttered with tools and ship components, ship frames taking shape under skilled hands, workers caulking and painting hulls, finished ships in dry dock for inspection.

Smells: The salty tang of the sea, the earthy aroma of freshly cut wood, the sharp scent of tar and pitch.

Sounds: The tap of hammers on wooden frames, the scrape of tools on wood, the rhythmic pounding of caulking mallets, the occasional hum of conversation among shipwrights.


Colonial Shipwrights, led by Samuel Adams, is a shipwright workshop based in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in the repair and construction of colonial ships and maritime vessels.

Williamsburg Shipyard, owned by Thomas and Elizabeth Johnson, is a shipbuilding facility located in Williamsburg, Virginia, producing colonial-style boats and ships for trade and exploration.

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