New Port Ship

イギリスで2002年に発掘された中世の船、通称Newport Shipの展示を予定していた会場が狭すぎるかもしれないと懸念されています。発掘されたときにはつぶれていたので船の大きさが分らず、現在も修復、保存、記録作業が終わってません。また、船を展示するスペースは船の2-3倍の大きさが要求されます。これは、人が周りから見れるためだけではなく、その中で船を組み立てる際にも場所を確保する必要があります。

現在、新しく海洋資料館を地域に作るか検討中だそうです。このような沈没船は発掘から展示・活用まで15年は軽くかかると考えられており、新しく会場を設置するのであればそれ以上時間を費やす事になります。

このように大変な時間がかかる水中考古学・船の考古学ですが、地元では人気があり会場の設置まで住民が心待ちにしています。

NEWPORT’S ancient ship will be too big for the Riverfront theatre display area, claim experts.
‘Medieval ship too big for Riverfront’
By Jenny Brentnall

The theatre basement’s surface area is 280 metres square and four metres deep.

But internationally renowned marine archaeologist Owain Roberts, who has worked with the Newport ship recovery and restoration team from the start, estimated the completed ship could be 30 metres long by 10 metres wide (300 sq metres), 20 sq metres more than the basement area.

He believes the theatre basement will not do the ship justice even if it does fit.

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“It would be like looking at a mosaic from two inches away,” he said.

The ship’s exact size isn’t yet known because restoration isn’t complete and because much of the ship was sunken when discovered in 2002 in mudbanks. Some expect its size to be comparable to the Mary Rose, which is 39 metres long at waterline and 12 metres across.

Mr Roberts believes a dedicated maritime centre should house the ship, along with other local discoveries, like the Barland Farm Romano-Celtic boat discovered in Magor.

Maritime archaeologist Professor Sean McGrail agreed with Mr Roberts.

He said: “You’d need a space at least double and possibly three times the ship’s length and breadth, not only for people to see it but so it can be constructed.”

Friends of the Newport Ship (FoNS) are also critical of the plans to house the ship in the arts centre.

Charles Ferris, 54, a patron of FoNS, said: “The arts centre area would never give people the chance to walk round and see it from different angles.

“My biggest fear is because of the size constraints, the council will decide to only display part of the ship.”

He suggests the old Maindee Baths could be used to house the ship, or wants a new maritime centre for South Wales.

Newport council says it is not considering alternative plans to house it, sparking fears the whole of the medieval ship may not be displayed.

The restoration of the ship was expected to take 15 years from 2002. But that timescale could double if a new place to house the reconstruction needs to be found, say FoNS.

11:28am Thursday 20th July 2006

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