Seventeenth-Century Ships’ Timbers and Docks on the Thames Waterfront at Bellamy’s Wharf, Rotherhithe, London SE 16

By David Saxby AIFA and Damian Goodburn BA, AIFA, published May 1998


In early 1995 an archaeological dig was undertaken at Bellamy’s Wharf, Southwark, London prior to building work. The area was known to have hosted a number of shipbuilding activities during the Dutch and Nine Years’ Wars of the later seventeenth-century. The Gould’s Dockyard artefacts contained a number of large worked timbers, including stem and rudder posts from naval and merchant vessels, which had been reused to build the dock. Saxby and Goodburn’s paper details themajor findings of the dig, which provided a rare opportunity to examine ship and dock construction from the period.

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Filed under: Dutch Wars | Nine Years' War | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards

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