The coasts of New England have provided resources for human activity since the pre-colonial period. AHS’s expertise extends to piers, wharves, dikes, canals, and lighthouses. We prepared National Historic Landmark documentation for the Eagle, the U.S. Coast Guard’s sail-training ship.
Long Wharf Pier
In connection with environmental review studies of proposed improvements to Route I-95, AHS researched the history of the Long Wharf pier in New Haven Harbor. Extending 650 feet in to the New Haven Harbor, the pier is a concrete slab and riprap (stone rubble) structure built in the 1960s. Historic research and low-tide kayak and walkover inspection revealed, however, that the base of the wharf is a stone- and earth-filled structure built in 1810 by William Lanson, a prominent member of the city’s African American community. That structure was a 1500-foot extension of an 18th-century timber wharf, making it, at 3900 feet, the longest wharf in the country at the time. Financed by a group of New Haven’s 18th-century merchants, Long Wharf was key to the city’s prosperity.
Other Project Example
Mohegan and Long Rock Dikes
Two 19th-century stone dikes, or training walls, were documented in the Thames River. Built to remediate the constant fill accumulation that was obstructing commercial shipping, the dikes are historically significant.
Central Vermont Railroad Pier
AHS assessed the archaeological and historical significance of the Central Vermont Railway Pier in New London in advance of utility improvements.
For more information on AHS’s experience and capabilities, visit our expertise page.