Portsmouth Dockyard Yields Up Its Secerts

Shoes to Sea Mines – 20,000 Items Recovered During Preparations for the Arrival of the Royal Navy’s New Aircraft Carriers

A cannon that was dredged from Portsmouth Harbour. (ALL IMAGES MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT 2017)
An angle crown Admiralty anchor (right) and an Admiralty anchor (top) that were dredged from Portsmouth Harbour.

AS PREPARATIONS continue at Portsmouth Naval Base to receive the Royal Navy’s new flagship, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, it has been announced that thousands of tonnes of mud have been dredged from the harbour and its approaches. The work, which began two years ago, has led to the recovery of more than 20,000 artefacts, many dating back several centuries.

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