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The Newport Medieval Ship: The Construction and Sailing of a 15th Century Merchant Vessel in Western Europe

The Newport Medieval Ship: The Construction and Sailing of a 15th Century Merchant Vessel in Western Europe

Paper by Toby Jones

Given at the Victoria Nao International Congress at Untzi Museoa – Museo Naval, on September 5, 2018

Excerpt: The remains of the medieval ship that was discovered during development work in Newport in South Wales in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2002. It was a complete accidental find they had not expected to find anything in this area and they put in a sheet pile cofferdam, arguably about twice as large as this room in one area on this redevelopment site and they put in the sheet pile copper dam to facilitate excavations and they started to dig and seven meters down they found the intact remains of a medieval clinker built medieval ship.

That was 16 years ago was discovered and we know I’ll talk more about the details especially general chronology later but we know that it was built sometime after 1449 and we know that this timber at least the hull planking for the ship comes through the upland hinterland of the Basque Country actually over a hundred kilometres inland.

See also What we are learning about the Newport Medieval Ship



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