Caulking Iron, Popham Colony, ca. 1607

Contributed by Maine State Museum


A small caulking iron was found on the floor of the storehouse at the Popham Colony.

Caulking irons were used to put caulking between the planks of a ship in order to make it water tight. This is the most tangible evidence of the pinnace, Virginia, which was built at the Popham Colony.

The caulking iron is badly rusted, but kept enough of its shape so it would be recognizable. It is 13 cm. long and 5 cm wide.

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About This Item

  • Title: Caulking Iron, Popham Colony, ca. 1607
  • Creation Date: circa 1607
  • Subject Date: circa 1607
  • Local Name: Popham
  • Town: Phippsburg
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Iron
  • Dimensions: 15 cm x 5 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine State Museum
Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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