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Tankerton 16th Century Merchant Ship Wreck

With thanks this report comes from Imogen one of our members, who recently visited the site of the Tankerton Shipwreck.

I was really pleased to be able to see the Tudor wreck at Tankerton, especially as it was a 'spur of the moment' trip. As I arrived the archaeologists were removing a small section of the boat to be sent to Lampeter University for analysis. They believe that the Tudor ship would have been carrying copperas, a material which would have been used for inks and pigments. Copperas was one of the first chemical industries and was an important trade in the Whistable area. Although I was only there for a short time I was able to help backfill the excavation and talk to archaeologists and other people who were working on the wreck, one of whom taught me about trunnels and how they were used to hold parts of the ship together. Some of the trunnels had previously been sawn through and they think this is because parts of the boat had been replaced.

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