Drawings show scale of Newport’s medieval ship

Newport Medieval Ship drawingFor the first time, Newport’s Medieval ship has been recreated as it would have looked when sailing the seas more than 500 years ago.

Irish shipwright Pat Tanner examined the ship over a six-month period, making drawings in painstaking detail of what she would once have looked like.

During his work on the ship he came to the conclusion that the ship may be the earliest of its kind in the world found with a transom stern.

Mr Tanner, 44, said: “Normally (ships of that time) would be the same shape at the front and the back. The earliest example of a European ship would have been 100 years later.

“It’s quite a significant boat. There’s been nothing that size and that old found in the UK before.”

The new diagrams show that the ship would have been 35.6 metres (100 feet) long, with a displacement of 206,690kg.

Marks from a Bristol merchant who imported iron ore and wine from Spain may give a clue to the ship’s past cargo.

Charles Ferris, of Friends of the Newport Ship, said: “What an impressive ship she must have been. She could have carried as much as 200 tons of cargo.

“It just dawns on you how big the ship was. She was massive, certainly capable of a transatlantic crossing.

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