Smith’s Shallop

Keast & Hood investigated the structure of the Maryland State House to ensure it would support a replica of John Smith’s Shallop.

In 1608, Captain John Smith embarked on an historic voyage to chart the Chesapeake Bay. His boat, an approximately 30-foot by 7-foot, 4,000-pound, open wooden boat known as a “shallop” was recreated in 2006 as part of a history education program. A crew of present-day educators, historians, and writers retraced Smith’s 1500-mile course in 2007. Prior to its voyage, the recreated shallop spent several months on exhibit in the Maryland State House.

Keast & Hood provided a structural condition assessment and analysis of the existing brick vault and wrought iron system that supports the first floor of the Maryland State House main rotunda, in order to determine if it had sufficient capacity to support the weight of the replica installation. Analysis included research on historic building techniques to determine the initial design load for the unique floor system. The existing assembly was determined to be sufficient for the load and recommendations were provided for safe installation.

Keast & Hood investigated the structure of the Maryland State House to ensure it would support a replica of John Smith’s Shallop.

In 1608, Captain John Smith embarked on an historic voyage to chart the Chesapeake Bay. His boat, an approximately 30-foot by 7-foot, 4,000-pound, open wooden boat known as a “shallop” was recreated in 2006 as part of a history education program. A crew of present-day educators, historians, and writers retraced Smith’s 1500-mile course in 2007. Prior to its voyage, the recreated shallop spent several months on exhibit in the Maryland State House.

Keast & Hood provided a structural condition assessment and analysis of the existing brick vault and wrought iron system that supports the first floor of the Maryland State House main rotunda, in order to determine if it had sufficient capacity to support the weight of the replica installation. Analysis included research on historic building techniques to determine the initial design load for the unique floor system. The existing assembly was determined to be sufficient for the load and recommendations were provided for safe installation.

CLIENT: Maryland State Archives
LOCATION: Annapolis, MD

TYPE: Cultural, Government, Historic, Special, SERVICES: Condition Assessment, MATERIALS: Masonry, Steel, Other, SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Photography © Anthony Depanise, MD Governor’s Press Office

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