Swash Channel Wreck rudder being raised with the image of a man's face
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Poole Swash Channel Wreck: Rudder brought ashore

The rudder of a 17th Century merchant vessel shipwrecked off the Dorset coast has been brought ashore.

The so-called Swash Channel Wreck was discovered outside Poole Harbour in a sand and shingle bank that was struck by a dredger in 1990.

Its 8.4m (28ft) rudder, carved with the image of a man's face, was lifted onto Poole Quay by Bournemouth University marine archaeologists at 08:45 BST.

Little is known about the name and origins of the vessel and its crew.

A £450,000 conservation project funded by English Heritage has already seen several parts of the ship raised, including rare examples of carved Baroque woodwork.

  • 19 Aug 2013
  • From the section Dorset