Princes Channel Wreck Project


Halfway through our modeling course we made a first attempt to join the five different hull sections of the Princes Channel Wreck. On the one hand we wanted to establish the “missing link” between the bow and the hull of our ship and on the other hand we hoped to […]

Assembling a (Princes Channel) wreck…


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In making the 1:20 model of the bow section of the Princess Channel Wreck we used many of the same procedures earlier mentioned. Since this part of the wreck had many heavy timber parts, it was natural to make some pieces in timber. The idea was that the model in […]

Piece 4 of the Princes Channel Wreck – week 5


This week we have started putting our pieces together. Our piece has two layers of frames. Originally the boat was built with only one layer, and later the planking was taken off to add another layer on the outside before the planks were put back on, a technique that is […]

Piece 3b of the Princes Channel Wreck – week 4



We began our piece of the project by constructing the frames. This was for two reasons, the first more practical reason being that the other teams had begun building the planks first, leaving the tools for building the frames free. The second more theoretical reason was that the Prince’s Channel […]

Piece 3a of the Princes Channel Wreck – week 3


For piece 2 of the Princes Channel Wreck we followed a similar process as piece 1 for the 1:20 scale model of the planks, whereby we used the lines from the digital recording (Rhino software) to trace out the planks and we used 1mm and 2mm cardboard glued together to […]

Piece 2 of the Princes Channel Wreck – Week 2


We considered building the frames of piece 1 from cardboard or wood and we were undecided, so we decided to build the planks from cardboard first. From the archive we printed of 1:20 scale individual planks from piece one on A4 paper. We measured the A4 print outs of the […]

Piece 1 of the Princess Channel wreck – Week 1



As part of the syllabus this semester the students of the Maritime Archaeology Program are conducting model building of the remains of the Princes Channel wreck. The Port of London Authority discovered the ship in 2003 in the Thames Estuary during dredging operations and Wessex Archaeology carried out the excavation […]

The Princes Channel Wreck model building project


An article on the Gresham Ship/ Princes Channel Wreck, which summarises the current state of the project has just been posted in Post Medieval Archaeology: The `Gresham Ship': an interim report on a 16th-century wreck from Princes Channel, Thames Estuary Authors: Auer, Jens; Firth, Antony Source: Post-Medieval Archaeology, Volume 41, Number 2, […]

Gresham Ship article in Post Medieval Archaeology


MAP students are just back from a second fieldwork session in Horsea lake, Portsmouth, UK. The diving fieldwork was part of the Gresham Wreck Hull Study Programme and focussed on finishing the on-site recording of the so called Gresham Wreck, a 16th century merchantman which has been deposited in the […]

The Gresham Project Fieldwork Part II



In August 2007, the Maritime Archaeology Programme spent a first fieldwork session on the Gresham wreck in Horsea lake in Portsmouth. The aim was to re-tag the wreck timbers with new, longer lasting tags and stainless steel nails and to record sections through remaining wreck structures in order to supplement […]

The Gresham Project Fieldwork Part I