An Exploration of the DeBraak

In 1798, the HMS DeBraak, a British brig-sloop, sank in the waters of the Delaware Bay just off Cape Henlopen, Delaware. The subject of myths, legends, outrageous stories and even more outrageous salvage attempts, she lay in the murky waters until her hull was eventually raised, along with some artifacts, in the latter part of the 20th century.

Below is an interactive image of a model of the DeBraak. Click on each of the pop-up icons to learn more about the ship herself and 18th century culture, including reproduction Dutch sea caps. Look through each of the pop-ups, because you'll be asked to talk about the ship at the end of the assignment.

Her hull resides in the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware, and is open for tours from time to time. The hull is pictured, below.

This is a painting done by a contemporary artist, which represents the DeBraak keeling over.

Artistic rendering of the sinking of the DeBraak by Peggy Kane, 1990.
Here is a ship model that resembles what the DeBraak would have looked like.

Now read this article from The New York Times.


Math:  After reading all of the articles, how long do you think the DeBraak was in feet? How did you come to your conclusion?

English and History: After reading The New York Times article and others, write a summary of what was actually discovered in the wreck. Do you think there was ever treasure on board?

Science: What factors contributed to the DeBraak’s keeling over? What do you think the Captain should have to to prevent that from happening?

OK, you reached the end! Now go to Padlet post what you think about the DeBraak.

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