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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Jun 2024 4:59 p.m. PST

…"The slabs, carved from Purbeck marble, were amongst the cargo of England's oldest historic shipwreck, which sank off the Dorset coast during the reign of Henry III in the thirteenth century," the press release explained. Henry III, who was the son of King John, took the throne in 1216 and ruled until his death in 1272…

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2024 7:49 a.m. PST

Very interesting.

TimePortal12 Jun 2024 10:15 a.m. PST

I thought tombstones and other large stones were commonly used as ballast in a ship. So not surprising.

advocate12 Jun 2024 11:24 a.m. PST

My initial thoughts too, TimePortal. But the tombstones were contemporary with the ship, which was not apparent from the headline. These were freshly carved when put onto the ship, and presumably being taken to the place where they would have been used. So actually yes, interesting.

Cerdic12 Jun 2024 11:41 a.m. PST

Purbeck stone was very much sought after in the medieval period, and indeed has been ever since. Not the sort of stuff you would use as ballast!

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jun 2024 11:42 a.m. PST

If I had been a superstitious sailor, I'd have grumbled some over what was being used as ballast on that particular voyage.

And I'd have been right, that time, too!


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