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Ynyslas Wrecks - 2014

Ynyslas beach lies on the south side of the River Dovey (Afon Dyfi) opposite the town of Aberdovey (Aberdyfi) in West Wales.  On this beach are 3 intertidal shipwrecks that are thought to be the last remaining examples of the commercial Derwenlas fleet of slate schooners that operated on the River Dovey in the 19th century.  It is also thought that these vessels may have been abandoned in their current locations to act as navigational channel markers.   

Following on from work that MADU has carried out on the Ynyslas site since 2012 and Cadw's decision to designate all three wrecks under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979). In September 2014 MADU (operating on behalf of the NAS) joined forces with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) who had been commissioned by Cadw to carry out further site investigations.

DAT Recording the remains of Hulk 3 on Ynyslas Beach DAT Recording the remains of Hulk 3 on Ynyslas Beach

DAT Recording the remains of Hulk 3 on Ynyslas Beach

In addition to the above, MADU also carried out some exploratory work around Hulk 2.  The remains of this wreck lie almost completely burried beneath the sand, and by using a probing rod, members of the team were able to define the extent of the wreck.

Using the probing Rod to determin the extent of Hulk 2 beneath the sand Using the probing Rod to determin the extent of Hulk 2 beneath the sand Using the probing Rod to determin the extent of Hulk 2 beneath the sand

Using the probing Rod to determin the extent of Hulk 2 beneath the sand

Recording the extent of Hulk 2 beheath the sand Recording the extent of Hulk 2 beheath the sand

Recording the extent of Hulk 2 beheath the sand

During the course of the site work, the team became concered about some concreted items close to Hulk 2, and called in the Coast Guard for a second opinion. They confirmed that we were probably looking at some form of ordnance and they called in the Bomb Disposal Unit who arrived the following day.  Having gathered together a collection of suspect items, they proceeded to blow them up leaving a crater on the beach.

Coast Guard officers inspecting ordinance found on the beach

Coast Guard officers inspecting ordinance found on the beach

The 2014 site work culminated with a report by MADU

Monitoring and Recording of the Scheduled Hulks on Ynyslas Beach, Ceredigion

and a report by the Dyfed Archaeological Trust:

Ynyslas Hulks, Ynyslas, Ceredigion: Archaeological Investigations 2014 Interim Report

See also:

Ynyslas Wrecks - 2012 to present

Ynyslas Wrecks - 2015

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