Basic Facts

Apparent date of ship’s construction and origin:

The vessel is of carvel construction, and the remains on seabed consisted of one side of the vessel from amidships forward towards the bow. The vessel is built of oak from eastern England. Dendrochronology indicates date of construction shortly after 1574 AD.

Apparent function:

Iron bars, tin and lead ingots are thought to be cargo, hence the wreck is considered to be that of an (armed) merchant vessel. Dimensions indicative of a large vessel (25-35m) capable of extensive voyages.

Ship's identity :

Research into the wreck’s identity is continuing, but it is hoped that the cannon identified as being produced by Sir Thomas Gresham’s iron foundries may help to establish a link between this prominent Tudor businessman and the ship.

Artefacts recovered:

Ferrous concretions, folded iron bars, ballast stones, lead strip, and lead pipe have been recovered, along with a fragment of Spanish olive jar. The cannons include a breech-loading wrought iron gun and three cast iron guns. A ship’s anchor with a wooden stock and broken fluke have also been recovered.