Artefacts excavated from a warship that was wrecked in the Solent in 1758 are to go on show for the first time.HMS Invincible – built by the French in 1744 and captured by the British in 1747 – is believed to be one of the most significant warships ever built.The first part of a major excavation of the Royal Navy vessel has been carried out with hundreds of items, including a bottle of corked rum, rescued.They will be shown at Poole’s Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust on Saturday.
The project is being led by Poole’s Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST), National Museum of the Royal Navy and Bournemouth University, and is officially endorsed by the Duke of Edinburgh.The team will also be recruiting service and ex-service volunteers, as well as young people not in education, employment or training, during the open day to help in the post excavation, conservation and recording phase.
Other items on show include timbers, rope, a button from the Coldstream Guard regiment of the British Army and gun wadding “including a tally stick to denote the wadding was for use in the experimental 24-pounder gun”, MAST said.Archaeologists say the finds will help them build a clearer picture of what life was like for sailors more than 200 years ago.The items are expected to go on permanent exhibition in a couple of years.
The 74-gun ship was lost when its rudder jammed and it ran aground on a sandbank between Langstone Harbour and the Isle of Wight, capsizing three days later.The project to excavate it was awarded £16,400 of Heritage Lottery funding in July.In 2016, MAST was awarded a £2m Libor grant, from fines levied on the banking industry, to address the “critical risk” to the wreck.
Source: BBC Hamp