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17th century Dutch trading ship excavated off English coast

Researchers, hoping to identify the remains of a 17th century Dutch trading ship, have raised the ship’s rudder from the bottom of the English Channel where it has lain for the past 400 years.

“There are no others of this type that have been found in the UK, and it is unusual for one like this to be recovered in its entirety – it is 8.5 metres long and weighs around three-and-a-half tonnes.”

The Swash Channel Wreck project has been running for the past seven years, and artefacts recovered from the wreck so far include cannons, leather shoes and wooden barrels.

Other parts of the ship, including wooden carvings and a canister of cannon shot, have already been lifted from the seabed.

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Story: AAP | Photo: The Telegraph

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