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Newshot Island Ship Graveyard (12681)

Current Priority
2
East
247853
North
670495
Site Type
Maritime Craft (Schooners)
Period
19th to 20th century

Four schooners, part of the boat graveyard at Newshot Island. Two lie at 247853, 670495, surrounded by the remains of at least 9 mud punts. A third sits at the mouth of the creek at 247844, 670567; submerged and only partly visible at low tide. A fourth lies slightly to the west of the main group at 247775, 670521. These vessels were burned by a fire at Kingston Docks on 18th June 1914, started when workmen used a red hot iron to bore a hole in creosote-soaked timbers, and taken downriver and dumped at Newshot Island out of the main channel. More detail at https://scharpblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/the-newshot-ship-graveyard-part-1-the-mystery-of-the-burned-schooners/. Part of the boat graveyard recorded by the Newshot Island ShoreDIG project, and visible in the orthorectified photomosaic at http://scharp.co.uk/shoredig-projects/newshot-ship-graveyard/.

Other than the vessel in the creek, all are being slowly being encroached upon by reed beds.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
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Other records:

NMRS
102465
SMR
Unknown

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6th June, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
June 6, 2014
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
accreting
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
vegetation growth
Description:

Four schooners, part of the boat graveyard at Newshot Island. Two lie at 247853, 670495, surrounded by the remains of at least 9 mud punts. A third sits at the mouth of the creek at 247844, 670567; submerged and only partly visible at low tide. A fourth lies slightly to the west of the main group at 247775, 670521. These vessels were burned by a fire at Kingston Docks on 18th June 1914, started when workmen used a red hot iron to bore a hole in creosote-soaked timbers. More detail at https://scharpblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/the-newshot-ship-graveyard-part-1-the-mystery-of-the-burned-schooners/. Part of the boat graveyard recorded by the Newshot Island ShoreDIG project, and visible in the orthorectified photomosaic at http://scharp.co.uk/shoredig-projects/newshot-ship-graveyard/.

Other than the vessel in the creek, all are being slowly being encroached upon by reed beds.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Assign priority 2, detailed survey the of schooners (where accessible).