Cattewater (ca. 1525)

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Discovered during dredging operations along the River Plym near Plymouth Sound in southern England. There was extensive dredge damage to the hull timbers, but the overall structure could be interpreted. Three wrought-iron swivel guns were also found on the site.

A number of construction features are similar to those found on Iberian vessels of the 16th century, such as the overlapping, dovetailed frame timbers and the manner of enlarging the keelsons in the area of the mast step. In this case, the keelson was englarged to a siding of 54 cm and a molded dimension of 40 cm in the area of the mast step.1


References

1. Richard Steffy, INA Shipdata Project, Texas A&M University.

2. Redknap, M., The Cattewater Wreck, BAR-136, Oxford (1984). See also EUMA: 90-91.

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