EH has completed an enhancement of the NMR’s existing logboat database. A very brief report on the results of this enhancement can be downloaded from the EH website. More than half of the logboats discovered in England to date have subsequently been lost or destroyed.
Marine Scotland launched
A new marine organisation, Marine Scotland, was launched last week. It will have responsibility for planning and managing the resources of Scotland’s seas, including the marine historic environment. The current functions of fisheries Research Services (FRS), the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) and the Scottish Government’s Marine Directorate have been brought together in this new organisation.
Further details of this new resource can be found on the Scottish Government website.
Sound of Mull fieldschool
The Nautical Archaeology Society will be running a 12 day fieldschool on underwater archaeology in July. Based at the Lochaline Dive Centre in the Sound of Mull, the course will be taught by experienced maritime archaeologists including such luminaries as Dr Colin Martin. The course is supported by Historic Scotland and further details can be obtained from the NAS website.
Odyssey Marine Exploration’s ‘Shipwreckstore.com’ is advertising the sale of reproductions of some of the coins recovered from the shipwreck site that they are calling ‘The Black Swan’. OME claim to have salvaged half a million coins from this highly controversial site, which has been the subject of ongoing litigation in the US courts involving the Spanish government.
A better protected wreck?
Archaeologists are reported to have recovered a unique 100 year old dugout canoe from an alligator lagoon at St Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St Augustine, USA.