On the Water

Ship Model, Sloop Mediator

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.

ID Number:
25 in x 36 in x 10 in; 63.5 cm x 91.44 cm x 25.4 cm