We already informed you in another article of the handmade replica of a 4,000-year-old ship with tools from the Bronze Age that many expected to see depart. Well, we are pleased to announce that on Wednesday he left successfully in the waters of Falmouth Harbor.
With a crew of 18 rowers and a helmsman, the ship that they have baptized as Morgawr, the "sea monster", managed not to sink during the 500 meters of the test. The team that spent eleven months working on creating the ship is in seventh heaven.
“I am very happy with the response of the boat. They always told us that you had to build the ship from scratch to understand how people worked in the Bronze Age”Said the lead archaeologist of the University of Exeter project, Professor Robert Van de Noort, who is working in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.
“When I was steering the boat and it started to pick up speed I could easily control it, and that's more than I could hope for. We have learned a lot throughout the process, and today's outing has really been like a revolution of everything we knew”Explained the professor.
“There have been skeptics, professionally speaking, who questioned the feasibility of this project, but this morning's experiment indicates that we were capable of doing it.", said.
There is a video of the presentation on the BBC website showing a non-negligible amount of water splashing on the bottom of the boat. But the archaeologist Linda Hurcombe from the University of Exeter has explained that accumulation of water is normal when a ship sets sail for the first time.
At the beginning of the video, you can see a frenzied crew pulling water from shipbut once they start rowing things seem to calm down. There is still some water in the bottom of the boat, but the video does not show the entire journey, so we really don't know what else they had to do to stop the water coming in. There is no doubt that keeping any cargo dry on the Bronze Age voyages must have been a challenge.
There will be additional tests to assess how the Morgawr is sailing, and once it is finished the ship will be sent to permanent display at the Cornwall National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
Almost graduated in Advertising and Public Relations. I started to like history in 2nd year of high school thanks to a very good teacher who made us see that we have to know our past to know where the future takes us. Since then I have not had the opportunity to investigate more in all that our history offers us, but now I can take up that concern and share it with you.