Ship Model, Sloop Mediator

Ship Model, Sloop Mediator

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During the period of North American colonization and early settlement, coastal commerce linked North America’s largest cities and towns. Fast Chesapeake Bay sloops such as the Mediator regularly called at ports from New Hampshire to Georgia, and in many British, French, and Dutch harbors in the Caribbean.
Dating from around 1741, the sloop’s design was adapted from small, swift vessels developed in the West Indies. These maneuverable little shallow-draft vessels carried general cargoes, ranging from dried fish, timber products, slaves, rum, mail, wines, tobacco, sugar, molasses, and whatever paid the owners to transport.
Object Name
ship model
sloop, rigged ship model
Other Terms
Ship; Maritime
Date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 25 in x 36 in x 10 in; 63.5 cm x 91.44 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Colonization and Settlement
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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