Like many artisans, the carpenters who built the Belle had a sense of pride in their work and were not above "signing" their names and leaving a bit of grafitti for us to decipher. Here we have the initials of one builder. Perhaps as we continue to dig through archival documents, we will discover exactly who it was.

Initials Who was the shipwright who left his initials behind for us to wonder about? Archival research may reveal the answer.

Photo: courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission.