Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

Newshot Ship Graveyard

Survey and historical research

Read the survey report on the dredging plant and schooners at Newshot Island

Read the Newshot blog: Part 1, Part 2 

Survey of mud punts on the Clyde, photo Edward Martin
Survey of mud punts on the Clyde, photo Edward Martin

Covered with every tide and largely hidden from view, in one of the busiest waterways in Scotland, lie the remains of a group of extraordinary vessels.

Most are wooden mud punts, floating platforms that received the mud from the dredgers during the creation of the Clyde Navigation. Among these vessels are the remains of 4 schooners, damaged in a fire and brought here in 1914.  Erskine resident, Ian, who knows the site well and brought it to our attention, has also identified what is possibly the only surviving remains of a 19th century diving bell barge.

Joining forces with the Nautical Archaeology Society, SCHARP volunteers from the Erskine area and further afield are surveying, recording and researching this historically significant group of vessels. 

Explore the mud punts in incredible detail by clicking on the screen below, zooming in and panning around. Created by Edward Martin. 

Explore the schooners and the diving bell barge in incredible detail by clicking on the screen below, zooming in and panning aroundCreated by Edward Martin. 

The diving bell barge is the long D-shaped vessel with a square cutaway at the back amongst a group of mud punts.