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MUSTANG (brogan)
Inventory No.: AA-863
Date Listed: 4/2/1980
Location: Dock Street , Annapolis, Anne Arundel County
Category: Object
Period/Date of Construction: 1907
Architect/Builder: Moore Brothers
Description: This Chesapeake Bay brogan is built like a brogan, the ancestor of the present vessel known as a bugeye. The MUSTANG (commissioned as the KATE D) is the last of this type under full sail. Distinctive characteristics of the brogan are the two masts, sharp stem and stern, clipper bow, and a bold sheer. The MUSTANG is of the log and frame type, with five hand-hewn logs making up her hull to the waterline and then planked to her sheer. The keel log is six inches rabbited out for the stem and stern posts. The two garboard logs taper to five inches and the wing logs to four inches at the waterline. The white oak frames for the freeboard planking are secured to the wing logs. All logs, oak ribs, and freeboard planking are original. Significance: The brogan was an important step in the development of Chesapeake Bay craft. In the mid-19th century coasting canoes, which developed from Indian canoes, were first used to drag a scrape to harvest oysters in Somerset County. These canoes were made larger and heavier to better pull the scrape, resulting in the log-built brogan. The brogan differed from the coasting canoe in having a deck, fixed masts with shrouds on the foremast, hatches, and a forward cabin. The MUSTANG, built in 1907, is a late example of this type of Bay vessel. She is also the last brogan under full sail on the Chesapeake. Although altered by the addition of cabins, the MUSTANG’s hull and masts retain the basic form of a brogan.
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