American researchers visit Purton Hulks
American researchers have been studying an historic ships graveyard.
The Friends of Purton hosted Dr Mark Holley and students of Maritime Archaeology and Anthropology from the North-western Michigan College.
The party of archaeologists conducted recording and survey work on several of the wrecks which were abandoned at Purton on the banks of the River Severn.
The hulks are the remains of around 80 craft beached on between 1909 and the 1960s on the banks of the Severn as part of a successful attempt to build up the eastern bank between the river and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
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Tutor Ian Cundy said: “The importance of the wrecks at Purton is internationally renowned as they demonstrate a unique example of the diversity of maritime craft that can be inspected at a single site.
“The site played very highly in the planning stage of this field school, as the desire to visit Purton during their trip to the UK was high on the student’s wish list.”
For further information about the Purton Shipwrecks and the opportunity to view the site, see: http://www.friendsofpurton.org.uk/purtonevents.html