Wooden treenail, circa 1627
DRHS Collection, 2005.086.001
A treenail taken from the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk. In 1626, the Sparrow Hawk brought 25 passengers and their possessions from Europe to America. Bound for Virginia, they landed in distress on Cape Cod after the hardships of a stormy voyage of 6 weeks. The Sparrow Hawk, of about 36 tons and 40 feet in length, was typical of 17th century vessels. In 1862, the wreck was uncovered in Orleans, Massachusetts after a great storm. The remains of the vessel at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth are the only surviving remains of a 17th century vessel.
Learn More about the Sparrow Hawk on the website of Pilgrim Hall Museum.
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