UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Rudder of Swash Channel Wreck raised in Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Rudder of Swash Channel Wreck raised in Poole Rudder of Swash Channel Wreck raised in Poole

THIS magnificently carved rudder-head is the culmination of seven years diving on the Swash Channel Wreck.

Brought to the surface for the first time since the 1630-40 shipwreck, the massive oak rudder from the armed merchant ship will be the last artefact to see the light of day from the highly significant site.

Revealed at the Poole Harbour quayside of Jenkins Marine, it is the result of thousands of dives on the wreck just outside Poole Harbour, which has seen an array of treasures brought to the surface by Bournemouth University's marine archaeology divers.

The moustachioed, helmeted warrior atop the 8½ metre, 3½ tonne rudder was lying on the seabed amid the remains of the possibly Dutch merchantman.

“We have only seen it underwater, to see it all at once is quite spectacular,” said Dave Parham, senior lecturer in marine archaeology at Bournemouth University, as the carving was revealed.

A rich seam of treasure has been mined from the underwater site, lodged at one side of the main shipping channel, since English Heritage and the university got involved in 2006.

The 1,000 finds include at least six iron cannon and shot, wooden barrels, rigging, copper, pewter, bones and apothecary jars, a rare wooden carving of a merman and planks from the ship have also been raised.

Timber dating from the 40m long, 600 tonne ship has revealed the trees were felled for it in 1628 but the actual identity of the ornate ship is no nearer to being revealed.

“What would be nice would be to have a historical reference, papers saying it was sailing from here to there,” said Dave. “You don't need that. From an archaeological perspective the really interesting thing is the study of the whole. It doesn't need to have an identity.”

Constantly sprayed with water to prevent it drying out, the valuable 17th century rudder has now gone to York Archaeological Trust to be preserved and in two years time it is hoped it will return to Poole for display at the museum.

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9:42am Mon 19 Aug 13

master plan says...

So good is our history and museums in Poole I found out about this wreck while in Spain whilst workin there first from a spainish diver then I saw a program about uk ship wrecks on telly there.
So good is our history and museums in Poole I found out about this wreck while in Spain whilst workin there first from a spainish diver then I saw a program about uk ship wrecks on telly there. master plan

12:48pm Mon 19 Aug 13

SeafaringMan says...

master plan wrote:
So good is our history and museums in Poole I found out about this wreck while in Spain whilst workin there first from a spainish diver then I saw a program about uk ship wrecks on telly there.
This project has been well reported and documented in the local and national press and television, also the site is marked by a navigational buoy. For more information Google 'Studland Bay Wreck'.
[quote][p][bold]master plan[/bold] wrote: So good is our history and museums in Poole I found out about this wreck while in Spain whilst workin there first from a spainish diver then I saw a program about uk ship wrecks on telly there.[/p][/quote]This project has been well reported and documented in the local and national press and television, also the site is marked by a navigational buoy. For more information Google 'Studland Bay Wreck'. SeafaringMan

2:16pm Mon 19 Aug 13

master plan says...

Seafaring man can you please supply links if it is well documented in local press????
Because I've seen nothing!
And if I put about any wreck in google there will be information on them. That isn't local information is it!!!
Seafaring man can you please supply links if it is well documented in local press???? Because I've seen nothing! And if I put about any wreck in google there will be information on them. That isn't local information is it!!! master plan

4:03pm Mon 19 Aug 13

SeafaringMan says...

master plan wrote:
Seafaring man can you please supply links if it is well documented in local press????
Because I've seen nothing!
And if I put about any wreck in google there will be information on them. That isn't local information is it!!!
I have better things to do that perform your research for you, suffice to say that I have seen references previously on more than one occasion in the ECHO and on BBC South, that is why I was not surprised that the project had entered a further stage.
I have not lived in Spain but I have lived in Cyprus, and followed the ECHO website from there, I also have an interest in Marine Archaeology and have followed references from that source. Unlike you I feel that the local media have reported this story adequately.
[quote][p][bold]master plan[/bold] wrote: Seafaring man can you please supply links if it is well documented in local press???? Because I've seen nothing! And if I put about any wreck in google there will be information on them. That isn't local information is it!!![/p][/quote]I have better things to do that perform your research for you, suffice to say that I have seen references previously on more than one occasion in the ECHO and on BBC South, that is why I was not surprised that the project had entered a further stage. I have not lived in Spain but I have lived in Cyprus, and followed the ECHO website from there, I also have an interest in Marine Archaeology and have followed references from that source. Unlike you I feel that the local media have reported this story adequately. SeafaringMan

5:00pm Mon 19 Aug 13

SwashDiver says...

SeafaringMan wrote:
master plan wrote:
Seafaring man can you please supply links if it is well documented in local press????
Because I've seen nothing!
And if I put about any wreck in google there will be information on them. That isn't local information is it!!!
I have better things to do that perform your research for you, suffice to say that I have seen references previously on more than one occasion in the ECHO and on BBC South, that is why I was not surprised that the project had entered a further stage.
I have not lived in Spain but I have lived in Cyprus, and followed the ECHO website from there, I also have an interest in Marine Archaeology and have followed references from that source. Unlike you I feel that the local media have reported this story adequately.
I think SeafaringMan owes Master Plan an apology!

The Swash Channel Wreck is nothing whatsoever to do with the Studland Bay Wreck that he mentions, and it is NOT marked with a buoy of any sort!

Perhaps SeafaringMan should do some proper research himself?
After all, there is plenty on Google, if you actually look for the right site.

(I have been one of the licensed divers on the Swash Protected Wreck Site since it's discovery, so yes, I do know what I'm talking about.)
[quote][p][bold]SeafaringMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]master plan[/bold] wrote: Seafaring man can you please supply links if it is well documented in local press???? Because I've seen nothing! And if I put about any wreck in google there will be information on them. That isn't local information is it!!![/p][/quote]I have better things to do that perform your research for you, suffice to say that I have seen references previously on more than one occasion in the ECHO and on BBC South, that is why I was not surprised that the project had entered a further stage. I have not lived in Spain but I have lived in Cyprus, and followed the ECHO website from there, I also have an interest in Marine Archaeology and have followed references from that source. Unlike you I feel that the local media have reported this story adequately.[/p][/quote]I think SeafaringMan owes Master Plan an apology! The Swash Channel Wreck is nothing whatsoever to do with the Studland Bay Wreck that he mentions, and it is NOT marked with a buoy of any sort! Perhaps SeafaringMan should do some proper research himself? After all, there is plenty on Google, if you actually look for the right site. (I have been one of the licensed divers on the Swash Protected Wreck Site since it's discovery, so yes, I do know what I'm talking about.) SwashDiver

1:39am Tue 20 Aug 13

billd766 says...

Just Google Swash Channel wreck.

I did.
Just Google Swash Channel wreck. I did. billd766

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