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THE NEWPORT SHIP

Visitors to this page should also look at the Newport Ship web site, the link is to be found in our link page, for an up to date expert look at the Ship and its History.
The saga of the Newport Ship began on the muddy banks of the town reach, on the River Usk. A few aged timbers were discovered with interest, which fell initially on deaf ears of the City Council. "Cover them up was the reaction they are only old timber walls." Yet the significance of these particular timbers were not to be dismissed easily. A young archaeologist brought them to the publics attention and following further investigation, it was realised that these were indeed special. The press and public reaction forced an immediate stand off by Newport City Council who had one thing in mind, which was to complete the New Arts Centre. There followed a most amazing period of just a few short weeks when the Save Our Ship group was formed, and over 20,000 members of the public from all parts of the world added their weight to the campaign to save the Newport Ship. It was a heart warming and moving experience, as complete strangers brought food and drink to the volunteers carrying out the 24hour vigils at the site. Buses taxis, police, ambulances and fire engines sounded their horns in support as they drove past.
  It has been said that it was the first organised protest campaign to be carried out by electronic mail as thousand upon thousand of emails were sent to the City Council and the Welsh Office. And, at the eleventh hour they announced that the Ship would be saved. Those who were so opposed to the preservation of this incredible find, came out of the woodwork in support of the unique vessel.
  Whatever happened behind the closed doors in the corridors of political intrigue, it was the immense public pressure and the terrier like qualities of the Newport Ship Group which brought the epic to a positive conclusion. This page is a tribute to those unnamed thousands , to those who are still working to preserve the future of this iconic monument, and to those involved in the research and recording the many components and artifacts found in the site. The images show the road side camp, the armada of small ships that sailed up the river in support. The early excavations and recording work taking place at the ship's current home in Newport.

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