Replica of Bronze Age 'Ferriby Boat' found in Humber makes maiden voyage
A replica Bronze Age boat based on an historic vessel found in a Humber mudbank has successfully completed its maiden voyage in Falmouth.
The remains of three ancient wooden boats discovered by archaeologists at North Ferriby between 1937 and 1963 are the oldest boats ever found in the UK.
The oldest of the three dates from about 2,000 BC.
Now, experts from the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall have built and launched a full-scale replica of the most complete Ferriby boat.
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Like its predecessor, the 21st-century version has been built from two oak trees with its planks sewn together using twisted fibres of yew. Moss rope was used between the planks to keep the boat watertight.
Volunteers joined archaeologists to built the vessel and form its 20-man crew.
Project leader Professor Robert Van Der Noort said: "When I was steering the boat and it got up to speed, I could turn her easily and it was more seaworthy than I expected. We have learnt so much through the whole process and the launch has revolutionised everything we knew."