Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rare glimpse of ancient shipwreck

There is a race against time to preserve a shipwreck thought to be the most significant found in British waters since the Mary Rose.

The Swash Channel Wreck, an early 17th Century merchant ship, lies on the edge of Hook Sands near Poole Harbour, Dorset. Marine archaeologists will soon start bringing up parts of the ship but it is rapidly decaying.

Explorer Paul Rose and a team from the BBC Two programme Britain's Secret Seas joined the archaeologists working underwater for a rare viewing of the wreck.

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