Wreck on Northumberland coast named as scheduled monument

MAST staff and volunteers surveying the wreck on Bamburgh beach.
MAST staff and volunteers surveying the wreck on Bamburgh beach.

English Heritage has announced that the Bamburgh wreck is of national importance and it has been scheduled.

The scheduling is the result of the research work carried out by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) in summer 2013.

The wreck was partially exposed early in 2013, lying south of Bamburgh Castle, and recovered by sand in the huge tidal surge of December 2013.

MAST carried out a dendrochronology survey of the timbers and established that the ship dates from around the 1770s. In addition, the MAST research concluded that the vessel was probably a coastal trader of east English origin, built of oak with a larch mast and elm for the possible pump.

English Heritage has recognised that the wreck is very early in date and a rare survival of English maritime history.

The Northumberland Coast AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund helped fund the research. Jessica Turner of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership said: “We are absolutely delighted that such a fascinating part of our maritime heritage is now protected”.

English Heritage designated the site under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as a Scheduled Monument in March 2014, making it an offence to damage it at any state of the tide.

Full details of why the wreck is of national importance are available on the English Heritage website http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1418570