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Archaeological Survey of the Cape Ray, Newfoundland Shipwreck

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Cape Ray, Newfoundland
Trevor Croft and Shawn Bath hold the piece of hull plank from the shipwreck. The three archaeologists and supporters from Cape Ray and Port aux Basques look on. Photo From Facebook

Last Saturday, I was lucky to be able to do an archaeological survey of the Cape Ray shipwreck with Jamie Brake and Stephen Hull of the Provincial Archaeology Office of Newfoundland and Labrador. The keel and hull of the ship were upside-down on the beach. There were also many big timbers from the ship also on the beach. I want to thank all the residents of Cape Ray who helped and supported our efforts. A special thank-you goes to Shawn Bath and Trevor Croft from the Clean Harbours Initiative, who donned their drysuits and collected several wood samples and metal fasteners from the wreck. There were also supporters from nearby Channel-Port aux Basques. Once the artifacts and wood samples are analysed, we’re hoping to learn more about the age of this ship and where it came from.

Neil Burgess
Cape Ray, Newfoundland
Photo via Facebook
Cape Ray, Newfoundland
Piece of a hull plank. Is this made of oak? We’ll know soon. Photo Via Facebook

Rescuing The Cape Ray Wreck, a GoFundMe Page

The community of Cape Ray is fund-raising to preserve the shipwreck washed ashore on a local beach. They want to protect the wreck as a local tourist attraction.

On the 20th of January this mysterious wreck washed up on the shores of scenic Cape Ray. This wreck has captured the imagination of people all over the world and has bought international attention to this humble community of approximately 300 people. We believe this shipwreck drifted into Cape Ray for a reason and we want to help tell its story.

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Today the government has announced that they will turn the wreck over to the community of Cape Ray to use as a tourist attraction. Once this wreck is recovered and preserved on display it will act as a well needed economic boost to the southwest coast Newfoundland in the wake of hurricane Fiona.

With the financial shortcomings that come with a small community, it would be greatly appreciated if everyone could come together to help us recover, transport and preserve this unique piece of history.

GoFundMe page created by:

Anne Osmond

Cape Ray, Newfoundland, Canada


Thanks to Neil Burgess of Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland & Labrador for his article and pictures.


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