Assessing Boats and Ships

Wessex Archaeology was funded by Historic England (formerly English Heritage) through the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to assess the importance of shipwrecks from the 19th and 20th centuries lying around the coast of England.
There are thousands of shipwrecks lying in waters around the coast of England. The majority of these shipwrecks date between 1860 – 1950. Although many of these shipwrecks are often visited by recreational SCUBA divers and heritage professionals it can be difficult to gauge how important each wreck is.
The Assessing Boats and Ships project looked at the records of over 2700 shipwrecks to better understand what makes a shipwreck significant. The project has produced information to assess the significance of shipwrecks discovered during marine aggregate dredging. The results will help to protect and preserve important archaeological sites on the seabed and enable better understanding of our maritime past.
Assessing Boats and Ships consists of three period reports and a methodology report. The results have been disseminated via Wessex Archaeology’s Time Travelling by Water  programme as school workshops and a legacy of teacher packs.

Data Downloads

Data from this project are available to download from the Archaeology Data Service.

160 Diver measuring the dimensions of the remains of the ramp which will help identify which type of Tank Landing Craft it could be.