Monument record SLY 066 - Post Medieval wreck to the north east of Crane's Creek, Shotley Parish.

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Post Medieval wreck to the north east of Crane's Creek, Shotley Parish.


Grid reference Centred TM 24753 36119 (15m by 4m)
Map sheet TM23NW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The remains of a Post Medieval wreck are visible in the River Orwell, just to the north east of Crane's Creek at TM24753612. The wreck is circa 15m long and 4m wide, and is directly adjacent to the remains of a Post Medieval boat hard (see SLY 065). The wreck may also be associated with the complex of Post Medieval oyster pits immediately to the east (see SLY 064). It may be possible to see elements of the wreck in an aerial photograph from 1946 (S1), but it is not possible to distinguish its shape clearly from the saltmarsh. It is possible to clearly discern the wreck in photographs from 1966 (S2), 1973 (S3), and 1987 (S4), in which it is also possible to see the remains of the boat hard and oyster beds. The boat hard and oyster beds are marked on the 1st and 2nd edition Ordnance Survey Maps of 1884 and 1904 (S5, S6), and may be associated with each other. However, whilst the oyster beds are clearly visible on all photographs from 1944 onwards, the boat hard is only apparent on the same photographs as the wreck (S2, S3, S4). It seems reasonable therefore to ascribe a similar Post Medieval date to the wreck.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1707 4352-3 29-AUG-1946.
  • <S2> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/66/189 128-129 23-JUL-1966.
  • <S3> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/87146 9025-6 11-SEP-1987.
  • <S4> Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. Meridian - Air Photograph. NMR MAL/73044 057-058 31-AUG-1973.
  • <S5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. circa 1884.
  • <S6> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". circa 1904.

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Record last edited

Oct 21 2004 4:56PM

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