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Milestone Reached at Robinson Landing

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Milestone Reached at Robinson Landing Blog Feature

By: EYA Homes on June 27th, 2018

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Steady progress continues at Robinson Landing where a team of archaeologists has successfully dismantled and removed a mid-18th century ship for future study. 

The boat, uncovered earlier this year, appears to date to the mid-1700s and likely sailed coastal waters for decades before it was dragged to the Duke Street side of the current Robinson Landing site prior to 1798.  Earlier this week, archaeologists completed work to remove the boat’s timbers in layered sections with documentation and photography taking place throughout the process.

Robinson Landing archaeologyAll images & video credit: Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc. (John Mullen)

“This marks another milestone as we move toward the completion of the archaeological work at the site and stay on pace with construction of the new townhomes and condo buildings,” Evan Goldman, EYA LLC Vice President of Acquisition and Development, said. 

MAC LAB conservators setting straps to lift sternpost and aft portion of keel_edited

“We’ve uncovered some significant finds that tell the story of how the early residents of Alexandria built the waterfront and conducted commerce. It’s history we’re proud to share with our neighbors and the future homeowners of the community.” 

EYA-contracted Thunderbird Archeology, a division of Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc., oversaw the removal in coordination with City of Alexandria staff and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.

Remnants from the starboard side of the ship from bow to stern include the keelson, framing, hull planking, sacrificial planking, and keel. It measures about 43 feet in length, but would have been longer if other portions of the bow and stern were present. 

Bow half of keel_edited

The boat’s frame, which exhibits evidence of hand-hewn axe and handsaw marks, was purposely dismantled years ago to create new land as the waterfront shoreline was in-filled and expanded eastward into the Potomac River shortly after the town of Alexandria was established. It was integrated into a bulkhead wharf system, which consisted of stacked and interlocked long timbers designed to retain the newly made land.

View a time-lapse video of the ship removal. 

 All images & video credit: Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc. (John Mullen)

Robinson Landing
 is a joint venture among EYA-affiliated companies; JBG Fund IX, a private fund managed by JBG SMITH Properties; and Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA).

When complete, it will feature 26 neighborhood town homes, 70 condominiums, retail, and a restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating on the Potomac River waterfront. The renovated Robinson Landing pier will include floating docks, areas for public seating and entertainment, and an outdoor lounge.

Brick facades have been completed and interior work continues on the first townhomes that will deliver in the fall. The condominium buildings are on schedule for a winter 2019/2020 completion. EYA Marketing, LLC is the sales agent for the project. For more information, visit www.robinsonlanding.com.


Click here to learn more about archaeological discoveries at Robinson Landing.