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The Newport Ship is a mid-fifteenth-century sailing vessel discovered by archaeologists in June 2002 in the city of Newport, South East Wales. It was found on the west bank of the River Usk, which runs through the city centre, during the building of the Riverfront Arts Centre; from which process it sustained some damage. The official name of the vessel is now the Newport Medieval Ship, to help distinguish it from other historical vessels.

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  • Newport Ship (euskaraz Newporteko Itsasontzia) 2002ko ekainean Hegoaldeko Galesko Newport hirian kostaldean topatu zen XV. mendeko itsasontzi baten hondakinak dira. Riverfront Arts Centre eraikinaren eraikuntza lanetan ari zirela hiri horren erdigunean barna doan Usk ibaiaren mendebaldeko ertzean topatu zen. Berreskuratze lanen ondorioz kalte batzuk jasan zituen. Erdi Aroko Newporteko Itsasontzia (Newport Medieval Ship) izenez ere ezaguna da. (eu)
  • The Newport Ship is a mid-fifteenth-century sailing vessel discovered by archaeologists in June 2002 in the city of Newport, South East Wales. It was found on the west bank of the River Usk, which runs through the city centre, during the building of the Riverfront Arts Centre; from which process it sustained some damage. The official name of the vessel is now the Newport Medieval Ship, to help distinguish it from other historical vessels. The ship was originally around 116 feet (35 metres) long and has been estimated to be of 161 tons burden - that being the number of tuns of Bordeaux wine that could have stowed in its hold. Vessels of this size were considered 'great ships' by contemporary standards and were typically used for the long-distance trade between Britain, Biscay and southern Iberia. Dendrochronology has given a likely felling date of 1449 for the majority of the timbers. These came from the Basque region of northern Spain, an area well known for its shipbuilding industry at this time. The ship is thus likely to have been built around 1449, in or close to San Sebastian. Timbers associated with later phases of repair come from Britain, as do a large number of structural pieces dating from c.1466. These timbers have been associated with the major renovation work being carried out in Newport at the time the vessel foundered. Remnants of a cradle found beneath the ship suggested that it had been berthed for repair but then abandoned after the supports on the starboard side gave way. Many of the artefacts in the ship, such as coins, pottery and plant remains, suggest that it was trading with Portugal in the 1450s-60s. Although there were no initial plans to preserve the ship in its entirety, local people campaigned eagerly to ensure this, leading to the foundation of the Friends of the Newport Ship. Initial estimates suggested that preservation would cost about £3.5 million and this sum was eventually found by the Welsh Assembly Government and Newport City Council. All of the ship's timbers have subsequently been raised and transferred to a dedicated industrial unit which the local council describes as "now the biggest wood conservation centre in the UK", where preservation and research continue. Due to its size, it has not been possible to display the ship in the basement of the new arts centre, as was originally proposed. (en)
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  • Newport Ship (euskaraz Newporteko Itsasontzia) 2002ko ekainean Hegoaldeko Galesko Newport hirian kostaldean topatu zen XV. mendeko itsasontzi baten hondakinak dira. Riverfront Arts Centre eraikinaren eraikuntza lanetan ari zirela hiri horren erdigunean barna doan Usk ibaiaren mendebaldeko ertzean topatu zen. Berreskuratze lanen ondorioz kalte batzuk jasan zituen. Erdi Aroko Newporteko Itsasontzia (Newport Medieval Ship) izenez ere ezaguna da. (eu)
  • The Newport Ship is a mid-fifteenth-century sailing vessel discovered by archaeologists in June 2002 in the city of Newport, South East Wales. It was found on the west bank of the River Usk, which runs through the city centre, during the building of the Riverfront Arts Centre; from which process it sustained some damage. The official name of the vessel is now the Newport Medieval Ship, to help distinguish it from other historical vessels. (en)
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