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Newshot Island Diving Bell Barge (12807)

Current Priority
1
East
247966
North
670396
Site Type
Maritime Craft (Diving Bell Barge)
Period
19th century

The hulk of a metal vessel at the edge of the group of mud punts at 12679. This is thought to be the remains of a diving bell barge that was used to excavate the Clyde riverbed when the channel was being improved for shipping during the 19th century. The cutout at the stern of the barge housed a diving bell in which workers were lowered to the riverbed to excavate by hand the harder areas of the channel.

More detail at https://scharpblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/the-newshot-ship-graveyard-part-2-a-very-special-vessel/. 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/.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Action

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Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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27th May, 2016 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 27, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
accreting
Description:

The hulk of a metal vessel at the edge of the group of mud punts at 12679. This is thought to be the remains of a diving bell barge that was used to excavate the Clyde riverbed when the channel was being improved for shipping during the 19th century. The cutout at the stern of the barge housed a diving bell in which workers were lowered to the riverbed to excavate by hand the harder areas of the channel.

More detail at https://scharpblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/the-newshot-ship-graveyard-part-2-a-very-special-vessel/. 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/.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Assign priority 1 and survey in detail