History Of The Redemptora As A Shipwreck Essay example

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Chapter 4: Review of Archaeological Literature

The history of the Redemptora as a shipwreck starts at an unknown date. Until now, little had been found about its abandonment, reflecting a common practice of disposing of vessels without fanfare. However, in the museum files (WA Maritime Museum file MA File No: 10/78-1) a very interesting article in the U.E.C (Underwater Explorers’ Club) News of October 1962 was unveiled, signed by the ‘Beach Master’. It reports on page six that the author had met one Mr. Fred Sweetman 81, skipper of the Lady Forest and ex-employee of the Harbour & Lights Department, who told him that ‘he remembered the old ship being used as a coal hulk in Careening bay them towed over to Clarence (Naval Base) and burnt’. Unfortunately, no date is given.

Reflecting the common practice in those days, the vessel was possibly emptied of all valuable items and burned in order to obtain reusable metal fittings (Richards et al. 2005:24). The specifics of the operation can only be guessed. It is not known if the charred remains sank without help or were towed seawards to be sunk in the shallow waters of Jervoise Bay. Whatever the case, after sinking a common process of shipwreck formation started. Any wood parts in open contact with the sea environment were almost completely destroyed by mechanical and biological agents, except for the parts protected by the ballast stones and anoxic sediments.
First Archaeological Research
Before 1978, little was known about the…

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