Coopers: Building a Barrel

Duration: 30-60 mins



Grade Levels

Elementary School


The cooper was one of the skilled sailors on board USS Constitution: he knew how to make and repair barrels. This was important because barrels held most of the crew’s food and water. In this lesson, learn about the cooper and the other tradesmen on the Ship, and make a craft barrel with your students.

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Handouts (PDF Format)

Painting of USS Constitution by Gordon Grant View / Download
The Hold IllustrationView / Download