Bad weather slows shipwreck recovery in Southend

Bad weather slows shipwreck recovery in Southend

Bad weather slows shipwreck recovery in Southend

First published in News

EXCAVATION work on an 17th Century ship which sank just off Southend Pier has been slowed up after bad weather hit the area.

Divers are currently attempting to get The London which has been stuck on the seabed since 1665 back onto dry land so it can be displayed in a museum.

However, work commissioned by English Heritage has been hit by high winds meaning archeologists have not been able to dive for three of the first six days of work.

The aim of the excavation is to save artefacts from the "rapidly deteriorating vessel".

Work is expected to take two years to complete with items from the ship set to go on display at Southend Museum.

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8:30pm Tue 27 May 14

Mikkel1 says...

Another 'Golden Hind'?
Another 'Golden Hind'? Mikkel1
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Tue 27 May 14

Nebs says...

It's been there 300 years. Another few weeks won't make much difference.
It's been there 300 years. Another few weeks won't make much difference. Nebs
  • Score: 18

12:07pm Wed 28 May 14

Englishman67 says...

Exactly!! Its been down there for almost 350 years, so chill out and wait for good weather conditions to do the job. We do get & will have great and calm weather at some point. Whats the rush? Its not a Time Team rush-job for TV special, so back off and wait until the job can be done properly with ideal conditions.
Exactly!! Its been down there for almost 350 years, so chill out and wait for good weather conditions to do the job. We do get & will have great and calm weather at some point. Whats the rush? Its not a Time Team rush-job for TV special, so back off and wait until the job can be done properly with ideal conditions. Englishman67
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Wed 28 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

I wonder how long before they make public, the other things they have been finding from WWII ?
German aircraft remains etc ?
I wonder how long before they make public, the other things they have been finding from WWII ? German aircraft remains etc ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

8:20am Thu 29 May 14

Abington86 says...

The London most certainly did not sink off Southend Pier in 1665.

The pier wasn't bult for another 200 years or so.

another Echo howler!
The London most certainly did not sink off Southend Pier in 1665. The pier wasn't bult for another 200 years or so. another Echo howler! Abington86
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Thu 29 May 14

Ian P says...

"Divers are currently attempting to get The London which has been stuck on the seabed since 1665 back onto dry land so it can be displayed in a museum". If they are actually trying to raise the vessel, should they not have built a climatically controlled facility, like the one the Mary Rose is in, before bringing the vessel ashore? If it take as long to decide where to build such a facility as it has taken to decide where to display a few Saxon King bits and pieces, the vessel will have dried out and disintegrated before the decision is made.
"Divers are currently attempting to get The London which has been stuck on the seabed since 1665 back onto dry land so it can be displayed in a museum". If they are actually trying to raise the vessel, should they not have built a climatically controlled facility, like the one the Mary Rose is in, before bringing the vessel ashore? If it take as long to decide where to build such a facility as it has taken to decide where to display a few Saxon King bits and pieces, the vessel will have dried out and disintegrated before the decision is made. Ian P
  • Score: 0

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