A Bronze Age boat was launched in Falmouth on 6 March as part of an archaeological experiment being carried out by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the University of Exeter.

The 4000-year-old, 50ft long, five tonne prehistoric boat has been reconstructed by a team of volunteers, led by shipwright Brian Cumby. His team have spent the last year building the craft out of two massive oak logs using replica methods and tools, such as bronze-headed axes.

Project director Prof Robert Van de Noort from the University of Exeter says:

The launch really is the moment of truth for this project. The very nature of an experiment means that we can’t know for sure what will happen. The boat has already given us a few surprises along the way, so the launch really is a leap into the unknown.

Bronze Age Boat launched in March

Since the beginning of the year, Brian and the volunteers have really cracked on with the project and the boat is now all together and on its trailer. All that’s left to do now is to put all the stitches in and move the boat to its launch site. It is estimated that the boat will be launched sometime early March. Currently they are trying to choose a name for the boat on their Facebook page, and the most popular choice at the moment is Morgawr, the name of a Cornish sea monster!

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