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Bronze Age boat to be launched

Replica Bronze Age boat

A first for experimental archaeology and a first for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the 50ft long 5 tonne prehistoric boat has been reconstructed as part of a collaborative project with the University of Exeter.  A team of volunteers, led by shipwright Brian Cumby, have spent the last year building this one of a kind 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.”

The boat will be launched weather permitting at 12 noon Wednesday 6 March at The slipway between Falmouth Watersports Centre and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth.

For more information contact Michael Sweeney 01326 214558 or Tamsin Loveless 01326 214536.

Find out more about this project on its dedicated Facebook page. And view time lapse footage of the entire project at

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