Plea to other Newports to help save medieval ship

South Wales Argus: Plea to other Newports to help save medieval ship Plea to other Newports to help save medieval ship

AN ASSEMBLY member is looking to attract attention to the Newport Ship’s restoration from other Newports around the world.

William Graham AM told the Welsh Assembly last week that the ship was as important to the city as “the Tutankhamun find is to Egypt” and has contacted 164 staff at newspapers in other Newports to drum up possible interest.

Other sources for finance are being sought to preserve the ship after Newport council cut £105,000 from its budget this year.

South Wales East AM Mr Graham talked about the ship at a debate, ‘The Newport Medieval Ship – scuttled in 1469 and 2014?’ at the Senedd last week.

He said: “It is the only 15th Century ship yet discovered in the world. It gives an insight into Newport’s extensive maritime heritage,and offers the potential of worldwide interest and opportunity for investment and tourism in South Wales East. This vessel was scuttled in about 1469. It must not be scuttled again in 2014.”

The debate was held to talk about the lease on the warehouse where the ship is stored coming to an end in November, and Mr Graham acknowledged the influence of Allt-Yr-Yn’s Cllr Charles Ferris and the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust in helping to build support for the ship’s preservation.

The Newport Ship was discovered on the River Usk’s banks in June 2002 in Newport during the construction of the Riverfront Theatre. It was initially supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, then from Newport City Council.

More than 2,000 ship timbers and other artefacts were discovered during the excavation. Free open days will be held later this year on April 26, May 24 and July 12.

Among other Newports around the world, the one in Rhode Island, a major 18th century port city, contains the highest number of colonial buildings of any city in the United States.

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11:29am Mon 10 Mar 14

Templar05 says...

I am from Newport originally ,but now reside in Canada ... I come home as often as possible . I enjoy the history of my culture and the wonderful Welsh people.The Newport Ship is an historical discovery and would be great for tourism and education . I will certainly look at fundraising, this side of the pond.
Keep up the great work !
I am from Newport originally ,but now reside in Canada ... I come home as often as possible . I enjoy the history of my culture and the wonderful Welsh people.The Newport Ship is an historical discovery and would be great for tourism and education . I will certainly look at fundraising, this side of the pond. Keep up the great work ! Templar05
  • Score: 16

12:29pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

You can only imagine the amount of money that the Welsh Assembly would be willing to throw at it if it was found in Cardiff Bay
You can only imagine the amount of money that the Welsh Assembly would be willing to throw at it if it was found in Cardiff Bay Adrian Williams
  • Score: 26

3:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

I would far prefer the council see to more pressing local issues, than spend hundreds of thousands of pounds preserving rotting wood which has about as much historical significance as a boil on a tramp's arse.
I would far prefer the council see to more pressing local issues, than spend hundreds of thousands of pounds preserving rotting wood which has about as much historical significance as a boil on a tramp's arse. ncfcr
  • Score: -12

7:30pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

ncfcr wrote:
I would far prefer the council see to more pressing local issues, than spend hundreds of thousands of pounds preserving rotting wood which has about as much historical significance as a boil on a tramp's arse.
Did you not read this article ? "It is the only 15th Century ship yet discovered in the world...". You may not appreciate it, thats fine - but that doesn't change the facts.
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: I would far prefer the council see to more pressing local issues, than spend hundreds of thousands of pounds preserving rotting wood which has about as much historical significance as a boil on a tramp's arse.[/p][/quote]Did you not read this article ? "It is the only 15th Century ship yet discovered in the world...". You may not appreciate it, thats fine - but that doesn't change the facts. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 7

1:02pm Tue 11 Mar 14

StaceyJ1986 says...

ncfcr wrote:
I would far prefer the council see to more pressing local issues, than spend hundreds of thousands of pounds preserving rotting wood which has about as much historical significance as a boil on a tramp's arse.
um.......Idots require a say as well I suppose
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: I would far prefer the council see to more pressing local issues, than spend hundreds of thousands of pounds preserving rotting wood which has about as much historical significance as a boil on a tramp's arse.[/p][/quote]um.......Idots require a say as well I suppose StaceyJ1986
  • Score: 1

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