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Two Shipwrecks in Alum Bay

Dr Julian Whitewright conducts archaeological and historical research into shipwrecks from the 19th century, lost within the Solent region of the south coast of England. This work is done in collaboration with the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA). Recent work has included the publication of a monograph report on the Flower of Ugie, a wooden sailing barque lost in 1852, whose global voyaging destinations included China, India, Canada, the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

Current research concerns two shipwreck remains lost in Alum Bay on the north-west coast of the Isle of Wight.  One vessel is the remains of HMS Pomone a 38-gun Frigate built in 1805 and lost in 1811, the other vessel is a currently unidentified small wooden ship, built c.1795 and probably lost in the early decades of the 19th century. As well as these specific instances of loss, Julian also has a an interest in the broader context of shipwreck loss and technological change in shipbuilding during the long 19th century and how this can be used to enhance our understanding of individual losses.

Work on the Maritime Archaeology of Alum Bay is funded by English Heritage, through the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, for more information please visit the website.

Frame timbers and outer planking on the unidentified second Alum Bay wreck, dating to the early 19th century (courtesy of the HWTMA).
Frame timbers
Late 18th century plan of a trading hoy, likely to be a similar vessel to the unidentified Alum Bay shipwreck (Image after MacGregor 1980: Fig 72).
Trading hoy

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