Important historic vessel scrapped
National Historic Ships has issued an official statement on the scrapping of MV Wincham, a Weaver packet and a key vessel in the National Historic Fleet. A copy of the statement has been e-mailed to MAG members.
Draft Heritage Protection Bill
DCMS is reported in the April edition of HELM to have put in a bid to include the Bill in the next parliamentary session. The outcome is awaited.
Maritime Archaeological Archives project
Mapping Maritime Collection Areas’, the first of three reports to be generated by the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology as part of the ‘Securing a Future for Maritime Archaeological Archives’ project, is now available to download. Last minute contributions to the Element 2 phase of the project are still being welcomed.
MCA hydrography webpage updated
The MCA have updated the hydrography section of its website. Included as part of this update is a new ‘Pan-Government hydrographic data’ page which offers some background to the recently signed UK Government Hydrographic Data Sharing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As part of the MoU, a mechanism was required to make participating organisations’ survey area shapefiles available for distribution. The first three of these files are now available for download from this page.
An ‘archaeocast’ on the recent diving and geophysical investigation of the nineteenth century Confederate blockade runner Iona I for Historic Scotland is now available to download on the Wessex Archaeology website.
A 25th country is reported to have ratified the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The ratification of Bosnia Herzegovina brings to seven the number of Balkan states that have ratified.
IfA geophysics research
The IfA GeoSIG Archiving Working Group are conducting research into archiving practices, standards and guidance within geophysics. Any organisations willing to participate can obtain a downloadable questionnaire.