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17th-century shipwreck identified as “The Fame”

Researchers have identified a 17th-century shipwreck as “The Fame”, an armed Dutch merchant vessel which sank in 1631.

Following the raising of the rudder, historians were able to study historical records and analyse the timbers to confirm the ship as being The Fame.

Bournemouth University marine archaeologist Dave Parham said finding the name added a “human story” to the wreck.

“It’s the right name at the right date with the right age of the timbers. Everything fits, although you can never be sure.”

“This is a ship most likely going from the Netherlands to the Americas using Poole as a stopping-off point. It is a lens through which we can view the history of Poole.”

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Story: BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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