Sunday, July 24, 2005


Protection of Wreck Site Of Early 17th Century Ship

July 22, 2005

LONDON, ENGLAND. -Culture Minister David Lammy has today announced that the wreck site of what is believed to be an early 17th century ship has been designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. The Order will protect the site from being damaged by unauthorised interference from divers.

The site, reported to English Heritage in 2004 by local diver, Richard Edmonds, lies just to the west of the Outer Pollock Reef in the approaches to West Bay harbour in Lyme Bay, Dorset. Two dive investigations by Wessex Archaeology confirmed the presence of a bronze gun as well as a large quantity of iron bars, a small iron gun and a small anchor.

David Lammy said: “This is an important wreck site both in archaeological and historical terms. It is rare for such a well-preserved and potentially important bronze gun to have survived historical salvage attempts in situ. If this site proves to be from the 17th Century then it will provide us with important information regarding the maritime trade and history of this era and will greatly enhance our knowledge of the maritime context of Lyme Bay.”

“This Order is particularly timely as the location of the bronze gun has been publicised and we need to protect it as well as the wreck from potential damage or salvage. “


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