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Author: Jack Linthicum
Date: Aug 4, 2008 12:25

On Jul 27, 6:38 pm, tawcnysc> wrote:
> On Jul 27, 8:56 pm, Jack Linthicum>
> wrote:
>> On Jul 27, 3:10 pm, tawcnysc> wrote:
>>> hi i am one of the divers working on the wreck and thought i would
>>> clarify a few things. the wreck is an ongoing investigation which we
>>> are currently creating a photomosaic of the site. there is an ongoing
>>> insitu protection on the site and the carving brought up is currently
>>> being conserved in york. (not in a paddling pool!)
>>> the article on it being the titanic is lacking in facts to say the
>>> least. the wreck has no links to the titanic and it is unknown what
>>> its purpose was. as for richly jeweled with precious stones who knows
>>> where they decided that was from. the guardian article is good on the
>>> science front and the local article is good for showing our
>>> involvement (although they put my name under the wrong person).
>>> we were also featured on regional news but i don't have a clip of the
>>> main piece just the lunch time one
>>> Tom Cousins
>> Thanks for setting us straight, it is difficult to find reality in and
>> amongst the press.
>> Here is Google's translation of the German, almost as clear as the
>> original German. The German clarifies the use of the word "Vasa" which
>> created a stir here.
>> Marine worms threaten mysterious wreck
>> By Christoph Seidler
>> Giant large, richly decorated - and plenty of mysterious: A shipwreck
>> is British archaeologists puzzling. You need to hurry, because the
>> Fund threatens the destruction. . Debt is a fressender Fiesling,
>> climate change has brought to Britain.
>> It is a mysterious vehicle in the waters of the port entrance of
>> Poole. I In six to nine meters water depth has a ship in the Channel
>> coast survived the centuries, from which no one knows where it came,
>> how it was and what it had loaded.
>> *
>> *
>> *
>> Photo Series start: Click on a picture (6 pictures) [at the cite]
>> . The dimensions are impressive: "The wreck is 40 meters long,"
>> enthuses Dave Parham on SPIEGEL ONLINE, marine archaeologist at the
>> University in nearbyBournemouth. . The exact amount of the sunken
>> ship are familiar with the archaeologists have not yet, but it was
>> probably about three of a house. . Several guns had the sailors on
>> board.
>> . Almost as big as the "Vasa", the Fund, cheering Parham. . The
>> Swedish warship in the year 1628 was still in the first minutes of its
>> maiden voyage in the port of Stockholm fallen - and since the sixties
>> in a dedicated Museum.
>> The wreck of Poole is still far away from so much public attention.
>> Archaeologists in recent months repeatedly to the remains of the
>> previously unnamed ship heruntergetaucht, now internally as "Swash
>> Channel Wreck" trades. . They have to be a pleasing discovery:
>> drilling ship worms (more. ..) threaten the wooden remains in the dock
>> to destroy the researchers before the sunken ship unlocking its
>> secrets.
>> . MORE ABOUT ...
>> Unterwasserarchäologie Wrack Poole Schiffsbohrwurm Underwater
>> Archaeology wreck Poole drilling ship worm
>> Lyrodus pedicellatus is the Fiesling, the wood of the wreck to
>> create. ) . The name of the creature is misleading because actually it
>> is not about a worm, but a very specialized mussel (more. ..). "Drill
>> ship worms chisel into the wood inside, where they are lined with lime
>> to create courses," says the biologist Kai Hoppe SPIEGEL ONLINE. .
>> Once a wooden animals grow at an inch wide entrance opening and tracks
>> its way ever further into the raw material for them tasty inside. Up
>> to half a meter long are they in this way.
>> The animals live as a hybrid - with a huge reproduction rate: In a
>> large cloud of millions of individual larvae at once into the seas
>> ausgeschickt. Actually, Lyrodus pedicellatus, even several times a
>> year can proliferate in southern waters at home, for example, in the
>> Mediterranean. . But because the water of the Channel increasingly
>> heated, consider the increasingly nasty glutton north.
>> The threat posed by the drill is a direct consequence of climate
>> change. . Underwater archaeologists and Küstenschützer in the North
>> and Baltic Seas also know the problem, as Hoppe. It is especially
>> common drilling ship worm, Teredo navalis, the shipwrecks as well
>> pulverized Buhnenanlagen.
>> *
>> *
>> *
>> Photo Series start: Click on a picture (4 pictures)
>> t. It is not yet known that Lyrodus pedicellatus also German waters
>> The British, however, it is difficult to create. "Once we freilegen
>> [uncover] the wreck, it will be attacked," says the archaeologist
>> Parham. r. Even if he and his colleagues would do nothing, threatening
>> the nameless ship before Poole risk. . More and larger parts of the
>> remains are freigespült and fall as the destruction by the worm
>> prey. . "Everything is now free, until the end of the year severely
>> attacked," Parham is secure.
>> "There are no historical records"
>> This is especially tragic, because the reference is very important.
>> Underwater archaeologists fromBournemouthhave found that parts of
>> the wreck unusually richly decorated. Already, they have salvaged an
>> elaborate carvings of stern of the boat, sea man. They would prefer a
>> dive to salvage a much larger part of the ship. It is a matter of the
>> eight meters long and also richly decorated rowing to the surface.
>> This lack of money. So researchers are trying to at least parts of the
>> endangered wood cover, inter alia with sandbags and geotextiles made
>> of polypropylene and polyethylene.
>> At the same time explore the underwater archaeologists, as much
>> as possible, the history of sunken sailor. Presumably the ship was
>> from North Western Europe come and have merchandise on board had. The
>> analysis of a wood sample showed Parham so that the building of the
>> ship from the 16th Jahrhunderts stammt. Century. The trees from which
>> the wood originates, whether somewhere in the Dutch-German border
>> region has grown. t. Whether the ship was actually built there, the
>> researchers do not know.
>> Up to 400 people were on the sunken space transporter. But from a
>> ship disaster of this dimension is in the chronicles the vicinity of
>> Poole nothing to find. . "There are no historical records," says
>> archaeologist Parham - and hopes that he will have enough time to
>> resolve the fate of the mysterious ship to be clarified. Before the
>> drilling ship worms strike.
> we are hoping to find other carvings that could suggest the wreck
> looked like the outside of the Vasa. there are other carving like
> spirals on timbers. but the best carving is on the rudder which is 8m
> long but we need to secure conservation before removing all the insitu
> protection.
> I should mention that it forms part of a BSc Degree in Marine
> Archaeology and will form a large part in the new masters degree. we
> also take part in post excavation techniques and conservation of the
> smaller artefacts. as a result of this i am planning to create a
> website to showcase the artefacts found on the wreck.
> a few more links relation to the swash channel wreck:
> uni news page -
> wessex article -
> Masters Course -
> BSc Course -


Category: News


Marine archaeology experts working on an old shipwreck near the mouth
of Poole Harbour in Dorset have also uncovered an environmental
threat- a type of woodworm normally native to the Mediterranean.


BSN: 0832A
DATE SHOT: JULY 29, 2008.

1.Mid shot of boat leaving harbour.
2.Close up of boat skipper.
3.Mid shot of diver jumping into sea.
4.Close up of diver jumping into sea.
5.Close up of diver disappearing under the water.
6. Close up of student logging the dive.
7. SOT: (English Speech) super: Dave Parham, Senior Lecturer, Marine
Archaeology, University of Bournemouth.
“It’s a large…

8. Underwater shot of merman carving.
9.SOT: (English Speech) super: Dave Parham, Senior Lecturer, Marine
Archaeology, University of Bournemouth.
“We’ve found a number of finds…

10.Underwater shot of diver on the wreck.
11.Underwater shot of bags of articles recovered from wreck.
12.SOT: (English Speech) super: Dave Parham, Senior Lecturer, Marine
Archaeology, University of Bournemouth.
“We have an infestation…

13.Close up shot of diver underwater.
14.Close up underwater shot of carving being wrapped up.
15. Wide underwater shot of carving being carried away.


Marine archaeology experts in the UK believe that Britain’s coast is
under threat from a warm water ship worm.

Scientists from Bournemouth University have discovered the worm in a
rare wooden carving found on a 17th century shipwreck off the Dorset


Marine archaeology students from Bournemouth University have spent the
last three summers mapping the Swash Channel wreck, which was found
after dredging near the entrance to Poole Harbour.

The vessel hasn’t been identified, but timbers of up to forty metres
high lie on the seabed, and the rudder suggests it had the height of a
three storey house.

As the sandbanks have shifted over time, the timbers have begun to
rise from protective layers of silt, providing the Marine
archaeologists with a fascinating site to study.

SOT: (English Speech) super: Dave Parham, Senior Lecturer, Marine
Archaeology, University of Bournemouth.
“It’s a large, probably a merchant man from the 1620’s that was
wrecked just outside Poole Harbour, and was found by the harbour
commissioners here in 2004. It’s been designated as an historical
wreck by English Heritage and it’s a project that we were asked to be
involved with by English Heritage and the harbour commissioners back
in the end of 2005, and we run it as a teaching project , the wreck is
actively eroding so its being uncovered naturally and we run a
teaching project in which the students learn about maritime
archaeology and the skills they need to undertake the discipline, and
it also enables the wreck to be recorded and material recovered and
recorded as it uncovers due to natural erosion.”

The archaeologists have recovered from the wreck a spectacular merman,
which was part of the decorative carving from the stern.

Its design suggests that the ship was built somewhere in North West
Europe, possibly the Netherlands or Scandinavia.

SOT: (English Speech) super: Dave Parham, Senior Lecturer, Marine
Archaeology, University of Bournemouth.
“We’ve found a number of finds, we’ve found bits of pottery, spoons,
and cannons but the most interesting thing we’ve found to date is a
carving of a merman that would have formed part of the stern
decoration of the ship, so it’s a wooden carving of a man with a
classical helmet and a fishes tail something quite spectacular, and
something that doesn’t tend to survive on shipwreck sites because its
part of the upper works of the ship which are quite often broken up
and float away or are left exposed on the sea bed and are eaten by
marine life, so in terms of a sort of relevance of discovery it’s a
nationally and possibly internationally significant find.”

The wreck now faces a serious environmental threat. Its surviving
timbers are being devoured by Mediterranean shipworms which are
thriving in the rising temperatures of Britain’s warming coastal

The marine archaeologists found the worms in the Merman carving, and
say they could pose a great threat to the UK’s coastline.

SOT: (English Speech) super: Dave Parham, Senior Lecturer, Marine
Archaeology, University of Bournemouth.
“We have an infestation of Mediterranean ship worms so due to global
warming the waters in the area are warming up and marine life from
elsewhere is coming into these waters and we discovered that these
things are present on the site. They are an inherent problem because
they destroy sites at a much greater rate than our traditional
indigenous species and they are a species that continues to eat woods
or in this case archaeological wood all year round. So what we find is
that material is uncovered as sand is taken off it is exposed it
becomes infested with these things and its rapidly degraded to the
point where you’ve got a honeycombed piece of wood with next to non
existent surface on it. So when we find things like the carving its
very important we either attempt to protect them on site or we recover

The ship is about to be included in a register of UK historic sites
that are at risk, which has been compiled by English Heritage.

It identifies parts of Britain’s historic environment that are
endangered, and attempts to preserve them.
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