Warwick, 1619: Shipwreck Excavation

A tropical storm swept across Bermuda last week, decimating our diving operation. We are finally back on track, and are working double shifts to make up lost time.

We had severe gusts for days, the worst of which reached 67 knots in Castle Harbor. A number of local boats wrecked, and we have a much better idea of how Warwick met her end. The tall limestone cliffs provide shelter from southerlies, but compound the surge generated by northerlies. According to local observers, we had extraordinary 5 to 7 ft. seas at our normally calm site.

Knowing that we were in danger of loosing several days to weather, we worked the site for as long as possible. With the Museum boat tossing violently about, we decided to call the day, and leave in the early afternoon. James Davidson dived on our four barge anchors to make sure they were secure, and…

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Categories: Archaeology

Author:Doug Inglis: divingarchaeology.com

I study the archaeology of seaborne exploration and contact. I am passionate about public history and outreach, and write about nautical archaeology at http://divingarchaeology.com

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