Newport ship 'could cross Atlantic'

TALK: Curator Toby Jones

TALK: Curator Toby Jones

First published in News

A FORUM on the Newport Ship has heard the vessel was capable of transatlantic crossings.

The conference began at Bristol University as AMs were calling on council chiefs and the Welsh Government to find a permanent home for the city's medieval ship.

The meeting consists of eight sessions with papers by invited experts in the field. It started yesterday by examining the ship and then moved outwards in a series of broadening rings to investigate the wider context of the vessel.

Yesterday’s session saw Toby Jones, curator of the Newport Ship, give a talk on ‘The Newport Medieval Ship: an archaeological overview of a fifteenth-century clinker-built merchant ship’ and Nigel Nayling from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David on ‘Sources and resources: archaeological evidence for the origins and trading practices of the Newport Medieval Ship’.

Academics say the Newport Ship is the most important late-medieval merchant vessel yet recovered. Built around 1450 in northern Spain, she foundered at Newport 20 years later while undergoing repairs. Research has indicated for the first time it was a two-decker capable of transatlantic crossings.

Since her discovery in 2002, further investigations have transformed historians’ understanding of 15th century ship technology.

The conference, held by the university’s history department, is bringing together maritime archaeologists and historians to explore the ship, consider her significance, and locate the vessel in the commercial world from which she came.

The timbers of the ship excavated at the site of the Riverfront Theatre in 2002 are currently stored at a unit on Maesglas Industrial Estate.

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2:07pm Fri 18 Jul 14

cjwales1 says...

Seems Strange that it could cross the Atlantic but got scuppered by a bit of Newport Mud !!!!! What a waste of tax payers money !!!! give the 'BOAT' a deserved burial at sea !!!!!
Seems Strange that it could cross the Atlantic but got scuppered by a bit of Newport Mud !!!!! What a waste of tax payers money !!!! give the 'BOAT' a deserved burial at sea !!!!! cjwales1
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8:25pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

John Cobots' Mathew of the same period crossed the Atlantic discovering Newfoundland so this is feasiable.
John Cobots' Mathew of the same period crossed the Atlantic discovering Newfoundland so this is feasiable. Limestonecowboy
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2:34pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Newportbella says...

This is just fantastic that Newport has such a wonderful heritage item, it truly needs to go on display. I feel privileged to have the medieval ship in my city with dedicated people working towards unravelling the mysteries of this ship and sharing these with the public. Fantastic stuff!
This is just fantastic that Newport has such a wonderful heritage item, it truly needs to go on display. I feel privileged to have the medieval ship in my city with dedicated people working towards unravelling the mysteries of this ship and sharing these with the public. Fantastic stuff! Newportbella
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