Ship's Caulking Tool Kit

Contributed by Davistown Museum


The set includes 13 caulking irons, a caulking mallet inventoried separately (second mallet has recently been stolen,) a carrying case and folding stool. It was last used to repair the U.S.S. Constitution. The maker is not listed in DATM. The demise of the cod fishery due to the withdrawal of government subsidies, the spread of railroads after the Civil War and the depletion of forest resources all played a role in the decline of shipbuilding in the ports south and east of Liberty and Montville (Thomaston, Warren, Boothbay, Waldoboro and Wiscasset.) In the boomtown years of Liberty and Montville, a number of ship's caulkers lived in this area and would have used tools similar to these as itinerant caulkers visiting area shipyards as needed. Sizes vary.

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About This Item

  • Title: Ship's Caulking Tool Kit
  • Creation Date: 1800 - 1840
  • Subject Date: 1800 - 1840
  • Media: Cast steel, wood, leather
  • Local Code: TCX1001
  • Collection: Maritime III: Boomtown Years of Davistown Plantation & Towns of Monteville and Liberty
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
(207) 288-5126

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