In 2003, the Port of London Authority uncovered part of a ship while clearing the Princes Channel, in the River Thames. Working with the PLA, maritime archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology recorded substantial sections of the vessel, and recovered a number of artifacts associated with it.
England’s coastal heritage under threat
Project receives initial Heritage Lottery Fund support
In February 2014, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) celebrated the announcement that the CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) project which received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The public archaeology project aims to record the fragile, nationally important heritage of England’s coast and the foreshores of its tidal estuaries.
Every year the NAS offers chances to dive the Norman's Bay wreck site (15m maximum) along with the Holland 5 Submarine (35m maximum) as part of our Protected Wreck days.
For details of the Norman's Bay Diver Trail please click here.
The Nautical Archaeology Society will be continuing to record the hull of the Holland 5 submarine with cameras, video and tape measure survey after being commissioned by Historic England to create a virtual diver trail of the wreck.
The team will also be looking to improve the waterproof information notelet to enhance the visiting diver's experience. We will also be taking the opportunity to dive on the Norman's Bay Wreck on the second dive of the day.
In 2004 and 2005 the Nautical Archaeology Society as part of our "WreckMap Portland Project" dived on a wreck in Portland Harbour, known then as the "Unknown barge" from its name in the "Dive Dorset" book (John & Vicki Hinchcliff 1999).