The 'London' Wood
The ‘London’ wood assessment.
An English warship destroyed in 1665, the wreck was recently discovered and investigated by Cotswold Archaeology funded by Historic England. YAT has taken on the study of the woodworking of over 300 extremely rare and well preserved wooden objects.
Apart from a complete gun carriage, they include linstocks (for firing cannon), ‘Apostle’ powder containers (the bottles and their stoppers from bandoliers used for loading muskets), handspikes (for moving cannon) and associated blocks from the gun tackle. Tool mark evidence shows how each of these objects were manufactured, customized and used, even scorch marks from slow matches surviving on the linstocks.