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THE CAULKER’S CORNER

A greatly under-appreciated skill these days is the ability to keep the sea where it belongs — outside of the ship’s hull. In earlier times, the ship caulker was as important as carpenters and riggers. In the ports south of

China Sea Trading Company, Maritime Antiques, Salvage, Curiosities

THE CAULKER’S CORNER

In earlier times, the ship caulker was as important as carpenters and riggers. In the ports south of Philadelphia, the caulkers trade was dominated by African-American men. This was true up to World War I.

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Early Side Ax

It is entirely hand-forged and has a very slight pall which I believe would indicate it to be of mid 18th century vintage.