849 Princes Channel Wreck

The final Early Ships and Boats database comprises 384 records of pre-1840 vessels including:

47 designated wrecks
133 records of undesignated wrecks
6 boat burials
28 historic vessels
132 logboats
38 findspots of craft or timbers.
The database includes vessels from each of the defined periods, although confirmed, scientifically dated boats from the early Prehistoric period were found to be lacking. The number of records with a date range that falls within these periods is as follows:
(possibly) Early Prehistoric 19
Late Prehistoric 97
Roman 34
Post-Roman to Norman Conquest 40
Medieval and Early Tudor 51
Mid to Late Tudor 34
Stuart 68
Hanoverian 145


Following assessment, 88 of these have been identified as candidates for selective investigation with regard to the following parameters:

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1 - the site has not already been designated or scheduled 
2 - the site has not already been assessed for designation or scheduling and been rejected as a suitable candidate
3 - the site is not subject to guardianship and/or regular monitoring such as those wrecks adopted through the Nautical Archaeology Adopt a Wreck scheme.
4 - material remains are known to survive in an archaeological context (i.e. excavated ships, boats or artefacts)
5 - material remains are known, or are expected, to survive to a level that warrants designation

The 88 records are dated as follows:

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Late Prehistoric 1
Roman 2
Post Roman to Late Tudor 1
Medieval and Early Tudor 1
Medieval to Late Tudor 2
Medieval to Hanoverian 4
Mid Tudor to Stuart 1
Mid Tudor to Hanoverian 3
Stuart 8
Stuart to Hanoverian 6
Hanoverian 59

The first of these 88 wrecks have been selected by English Heritage for further investigation in 2013. Work will be carried out by Wessex Archaeology on behalf of English Heritage as part of the contract for the provision of services in relation to marine designation for 2013-15.