Thames Estuary


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



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


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