I take these days of summer by Mata (Torrevieja, Alicante) to send greetings to all secretariat, group management and partners Exponav, surely are at a temperature below the mine. Although I asked for a traditional postcard, this was coming after me, so I resort to this mode. My stay in this area has helped me to learn a new celebration of the Virgen del Carmen fishing, with their respective procession and fireworks rocket. But the news this week and will focus not on virgin, ni on Christ.
The news of this week I discovered thanks to collaborator Exponav Francisco Prieto, I made known to me the existence of naval archeology blog "ABC", and whose blog "Mirror sailors" was published this year by Javier Noriega news in question. I have to admit that the title of this news, a i fiel style "bouquet flying", immediately attracted my curiosity. Once that has been somewhat modified and summarized, you the story:
In 1995 an archaeological dig, en Chatham (East London, on the coast, next to some old shipyards), made an important discovery for archeology. The finding was in the very bowels of a building, and concrete in its own structure. On one of the floors of their plants, and hidden behind other top, were discovered 167 lumber. Coarse and thick trees, that seemed to belong to a warship. These sturdy beams had passed smell of salt. They were part of the "skeleton" of a whole sea ship. On that occasion, Woods finished those reborn in the form of stock. Much of the great vessels of the British navy that forged the Empire were built in Chatham, and earlier in shipyards and in the Depford. It turns out that one of your buildings, and hidden under the floor, one found its final destination after years of service. There are countries that have found their most representative vessels under icy waters, or neglect the docks of old ancient ports, as was the case Waasa. Others, they had to find by chance remains of Roman shipwrecks, dragged by the inshore fishing nets on the shores of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. Even other wrecks were located after much study using latest technology equipment to locate the center of wrecked ships that were thought.
Well, even with all that, history and human occupation of space, enables us to find cases like this, the location of the remains of a ship of the Royal Navy in the basement of an old pier warehouse. The people of the time, lift away from the building structure by rapidly changing other woods, perhaps more resistant but lacking story, they preserved these woods, finding inside, another famous ships in history. The Royal Navy mastered the art of recycling long before it was fashionable. But that's another story, and we must focus on Chatham Dockyard. The first thing you have to do, is simply visit those old warehouses. There we can find another maritime history, in a culture where every corner is possible to evoke a marine, a feat, a course or a loss.
All this was discovered, and we have masterfully in Current archelogy, Alex Patterson y Matthew Symonds. The point is that, when the floor of the store Wheelwrights Chatham Historic Dockyard rose to maintenance 1995, it seems, as we have, that operators found a pleasant surprise. Before them were appearing different parts of a boat, but in a very funny way. Hidden under layers of soil, residues emerged a fourth part of the structure of a vessel. That would in principle only assumptions. As often happens in these cases, always calls attention to an operator working in debris removal from the floor of a building, the occurrence of residues that appear to be old. Hence, that a specialist was called to find out what it could be. Centuries ago this building was immersed seething yards warships.