Phase two will see the removal of the boat from the cellar in 2014. We have to excavate 100 tonnes of infill from the yard before this can happen. Andrew Johnson, MNH Field Archaeologist is preparing a brief for an archaeological dig in the yard. It’s an essential step to take before we send in the diggers, and it will help us decide how best to proceed.
Meanwhile, I took advantage of the presence of the crane last week to remove this anchor from the yard. We’re not certain when it was put there and which ship it belonged to. It’s now sitting safely in the adjacent stable yard.