Rooswijk1740 Project

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In the summer of 2017 the NAS will be supporting the Rooswijk1740 Project excavation happening on the wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman Rooswijk which sank with all hands on the Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent in 1740.

Information on the main project involving both Uk and Dutch divers and archaeologists can be found here and here on the Historic England website.

Recent BBC new coverage of the project can be found here.


The NAS will be assisting the project with Outreach and Educational activities such as short one-day courses on Maritime Archaeology and Photogrammetry as well as Open Days for all the family to come and see what has been found during the 2017 expedition.

More information about events and dates can be found here and the online booking for courses can be done here.


The Open Days will be held on the 19th August and the 16th September 2017 from 10am until 3pm

There is no need to book - please feel free to just turn up at the Finds Unit, Old Port Workshop, Military Road, CT11 9LG between 10am and 3pm.

By Road: driving access is only possible from the west on Royal Harbour Approach (through a long tunnel) which turns into Military Rd. Look for a sign on the right ‘Old Port Workshop’. If you get to the boom gate leading into the harbour you’ve gone too far! See map below.

By Foot: from Ramsgate Harbour, follow Military Rd west along the harbour front past the shops and cafes. Continue passed the boom gate and keep an eye out on the left for the ‘Old Port Workshop’ sign.

If you have any difficulties finding the site, please contact the NAS Education Officer, Peta on 07725 656 999

 Ramsgate Map