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SHEAFE WAREHOUSE IS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST-PRESERVED EXAMPLES of early eighteenth-century waterfront architecture. It was originally built on interlocked tree trunks known as "cobwork" barely above the level of high tide. An overhanging second story allowed cargo to be lifted from the decks of gundalows and other small craft. The Revolutionary War ship Ranger, built by Colonel James Hackett and commanded by John Paul Jones, is said to have been outfitted at the Sheafe Warehouse.