Maritime specialists from Wessex Archaeology have carried out rapid condition surveys of intertidal hulks on the north Kent coast. The work, carried out for Historic England during breaks from diving work in the Thames and on the Goodwin Sands, has updated records originally collated in the 1990s by The Society for Sailing Barge Research for several hulks in Conyer and Milton Creeks and at Uplees.
Wessex Archaeology’s team used a combination of RTK GPS and photogrammetry to record the hulks, which included the 1894 mud lighter Landrail, shown below. The results will allow the National Record of the Historic Environment to update its intertidal records for this area, which are accessible through its PastScape web portal. The results will also be made available in a downloadable Wessex Archaeology report.
By Graham Scott, Senior Archaeologist/Dive Superintendent