Frustrations over delay to ship's relocation

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The Newport Medieval Ship curators have discovered another deck on the vessel from computer generated drawings peiced together by other timbers found. Pictured left is curator Toby Jones with Pat Tanner and a set of new computer drawings of the ship. (56

The Newport Medieval Ship curators have discovered another deck on the vessel from computer generated drawings peiced together by other timbers found. Pictured is Pat Tanner during digital construction from 1:10 model pieces. (5676769)

Frustrations over delay to ship's relocation

First published in Gwent news by

PRESSURE to confirm a new location for Newport's Medieval Ship is growing after it was revealed the deadline for its move from its current site has been delayed to December.

The ship is currently housed at the Ship Centre on Maesglas Industrial Estate but the lease for the site in Maesglas is up at the end of this year.

Conservation charity Friends of the Newport Ship originally planned to start moving the ship, believed to be more than 560 years old, by October.

The chairman of the charity, Peter Hayward, said a suitable warehouse in Newport had been identified but it was yet to be secured.

Mr Hayward said: "For us this is most frustrating. We have to be out of our current site by the end of the year, but the worry is it’s not a five minute job. It’s estimated the move will take about six weeks.”

The 15th Century ship, which is believed to come from the Basque area, was first unearthed 2002 when work started on building the Riverfront Theatre.

Tanks filled with a special water-soluble wax are currently preserving the ship’s timbers at the Maesglas centre, but ParcelForce are set to move into the site at the end of this year.

Mr Hayward said a working group had been set up with representatives from the Welsh Government, Newport Council and the Friends of the Newport Ship.

Mr Hayward said: “In June we identified a suitable warehouse. The Welsh Government said they would look at providing some funding.”

“The funding would be provided on the condition the Council maintains the same level of public access and keeps a curator for the ship.”

Geoff Brooks, a trustee of Friends of Newport ship said: “We are in a limbo on the decision. It’s up to the council; they have got some pressure on them.”

A spokesperson for the council said: “Newport City Council is currently in the process of securing new premises to house Newport Ship. Further details will be made available in due course.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson added: “We are in discussion with Newport City Council about providing some funding towards a storage solution for the Newport Ship that will also allow limited public access.”

In the future the Friends of the Newport Ship hope to re-assemble the ship and house it in a new museum in Newport.

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9:36am Mon 25 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

If there's enough room, why not put it in a giant glass bottle as a centrepiece for the new shopping centre? Okay, an extremely quirky idea, but this would fit in with Newport's 'arty' image and might just be 'off-beat' and unusual enough to bring in coach loads of tourists if even for a short shop stop?
If there's enough room, why not put it in a giant glass bottle as a centrepiece for the new shopping centre? Okay, an extremely quirky idea, but this would fit in with Newport's 'arty' image and might just be 'off-beat' and unusual enough to bring in coach loads of tourists if even for a short shop stop? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 15

9:37am Mon 25 Aug 14

Mr Bump. says...

Why don't they dry the thing out and then burn it? They should never have dug it out of the ground in the 1st place.
Why don't they dry the thing out and then burn it? They should never have dug it out of the ground in the 1st place. Mr Bump.
  • Score: -28

10:32am Mon 25 Aug 14

regaturn says...

Let the Spanish have it back,after all they dumped it here.
Let the Spanish have it back,after all they dumped it here. regaturn
  • Score: -22

12:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

pigbag says...

If it is to be rebuilt,why have they not yet started to prepare the timber?
I assume that it will be treated with a preservative,or some sort of plastic coating?
Is it just a lack off funding?
Fact is,if it was found in cardiff bay it'd have been on display years ago,probably at the millennium centre.
If it is to be rebuilt,why have they not yet started to prepare the timber? I assume that it will be treated with a preservative,or some sort of plastic coating? Is it just a lack off funding? Fact is,if it was found in cardiff bay it'd have been on display years ago,probably at the millennium centre. pigbag
  • Score: 8

12:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jct says...

No common sense Council idiots !!! As said before , this should been incorporated into the £90 million shopping centre! = lots of visitors ! Look at the other cities with historical visitor attractions (Bristol - ss Great Britain)
No common sense Council idiots !!! As said before , this should been incorporated into the £90 million shopping centre! = lots of visitors ! Look at the other cities with historical visitor attractions (Bristol - ss Great Britain) jct
  • Score: -9

2:04pm Mon 25 Aug 14

alan merton says...

I really cannot see that a 500 year old ship is going to be an attraction for Newport. How many tourists are going to pay to see the timbers of this vessel? Even if it was free how many tourists would spend money in Newport? Please do not tell me that the Newport Volunteers are going to try and rebuild the ship fully! That would take a lifetime and, as mentioned, who really cares?

Old Neportonian
I really cannot see that a 500 year old ship is going to be an attraction for Newport. How many tourists are going to pay to see the timbers of this vessel? Even if it was free how many tourists would spend money in Newport? Please do not tell me that the Newport Volunteers are going to try and rebuild the ship fully! That would take a lifetime and, as mentioned, who really cares? Old Neportonian alan merton
  • Score: -14

3:17pm Mon 25 Aug 14

ellzapoppin says...

What a tremendous waste of money spent on a pile of old rotting timber,that most locals know or care not a jot about! send it to Aberthaw Power Station to be burned
What a tremendous waste of money spent on a pile of old rotting timber,that most locals know or care not a jot about! send it to Aberthaw Power Station to be burned ellzapoppin
  • Score: -13

8:02pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk says...

Why thay build a replica and and more it where it was found, only an idea .
For a center peace of history and Regeneration ?
Why thay build a replica and and more it where it was found, only an idea . For a center peace of history and Regeneration ? Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk
  • Score: -11

6:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Newportbella says...

I really hope the council sort this out and soon! The ship is an obvious asset to our city, and those who don't see that and make negative comments are really not looking at the bigger picture. The ship will certainly draw tourists, I was at an open day of the ship recently and the venue was filled with visitors wanting to find out more about the ship. The council need to take the long view and invest now as it will pay off in the future. I really hope they secure the warehouse and the funding from the welsh government.
I really hope the council sort this out and soon! The ship is an obvious asset to our city, and those who don't see that and make negative comments are really not looking at the bigger picture. The ship will certainly draw tourists, I was at an open day of the ship recently and the venue was filled with visitors wanting to find out more about the ship. The council need to take the long view and invest now as it will pay off in the future. I really hope they secure the warehouse and the funding from the welsh government. Newportbella
  • Score: 3
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