The Ships’ Timbers Maritime Museum was delighted to hear recently that they have been awarded £1,000 from the Nautical Archaeology Society and CADW to buy equipment to help with the work they are doing on the Flying Foam Shipwreck, which is lying on the west shore Llandudno, North Wales.
In 2013, Ships’ Timbers adopted the Flying Foam wreck as part of the Nautical Archaeology Society Adopt a Wreck Scheme and since then have been monitoring the site, and learning more about the vessel’s history with the intention of carrying out a detailed survey of the wreck from which they hope to publish a paper.
In November, 2014, the Nautical Archaeology Society and CADW funded a weekend for Ships’ Timbers Volunteers to learn about, and put into practise, the skills needed to survey the Flying Foam, and analyse the results.
Ships’ Timbers spokesperson Debbie Wareham said, ‘We had a super weekend out on the west shore Llandudno with the Nautical Archaeology Society. Volunteers learnt and put into practise relevant 2D and 3D survey methods, and then at the end of each day analysed results. Because of the tides, we were unable to survey the Flying Foam at that time so instead we practised our skills on another previously un-surveyed feature on the upper foreshore on the west shore.’
Since then, Ships’ Timbers has included the history of the Flying Foam in an exhibition they had last November at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay, and in May gave a talk to the Deganwy History Group, with a walk to visit the vessel later in June.
Ms Wareham added, ‘We are really grateful to the Nautical Archaeology Society and CADW for this funding award, it was really unexpected, and means we can now buy the survey equipment we need for the next stage in our work. We also intend to have a couple of weatherproof exhibition display boards developed about the Flying Foam, as we like to do pop up mobile exhibitions’.
In November, 2015, The Nautical Archaeology Society with support from CADW will be working with Ships’ Timbers again in Llandudno. More details about that will be given nearer the time.
Ships’ Timbers will also host a small exhibition display in the Menai Suite at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno on Saturday 15th August, 2015 as part of the 70th Anniversary of the VJ Day events that have been organised by the Llandudno Lions and Llandudno Branch of the Royal British Legion.
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