On the grounds of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute is a 30-foot mock “Plantation Flat”. Historically used for the transportation of agricultural products like tobacco and cotton, plantation flats plied the shallow waters of North Carolina’s estuarine system delivering essential goods to markets and outposts throughout the eastern part of the state. The vessel found at CSI was not built to ferry goods, but rather to help instruct and inform young and old alike about the rich maritime history of these coastal waters and the archaeology of shipwrecks. Programming utilizing the Plantation Flat is available on the K-12 Programming page under the title Who Left This Ship Here?.
A 3D model created by Dr. Nathan Richards, the program head of Maritime Heritage at CSI, is interactive and can be viewed below. To see Dr. Richards entire collection of Maritime-related 3D models click MORE INFORMATION.