Island Diver Finds Evidence Of Medieval Shipwreck Off Scilly

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A St Mary’s underwater explorer believes he’s uncovered two wrecks, one of which could date back to the 14th century and the other from around 400 year later.

Todd Stevens has 30 years experience in the field and has located 15 wrecks so far.

He’s brought  “large lumps” of medieval pottery fragments to the surface following his seabed surveying near Nut Rock. Todd says the pottery is clearly from that period with its crude pattern and formation. He’s also found parts of a rudder, chains, mast hoops and an anchor.

The site is near to the only known medieval shipwreck incident recorded in Scilly from 1305.

But there’s also some later 18th century pottery, which Todd believes is European redware, and is very different to the medieval ceramics.

That would indicate a second wreck from a later period.

One intriguing find is a large quantity of limestone at the site. Todd thinks it could be cargo being brought here for producing lime mortar in early building work.

However, there’s also evidence it could come from the later ship, possibly being transported to Cornish smelting plants.

Todd has declared the finds he’s lifted to the Receiver of Wreck and he says his work on the project is done for now.

He says any medieval wrecks are usually of great interest to English Heritage and he wants their archaeology experts to survey the site and assess his finds.