Main Menu

Home Page

Who are MADU?

Nautical Archaeology Society

Projects

Reports & Publications

Search & Rescue

Links

Contact

HMS Pomone Field School - 1998

Brief History:

The Pomone was built in 1805 at Frindsbury as a 38 gun, 5th rate, frigate. She was 150ft (45.7m) x 40ft (12.2m) and saw action during the Napolionic Wars. On 14th October 1811, while on route from Constantinople to Portsmouth carrying the British Ambassador to Persia, at the western entrance to the Solent, the Pomone ran into the Needles on the Isle of Wight and sank, but all on board were rescued.

--------------------

During 1998 & 1999 the London Maritime Archaeological Group (LoMAG) worked on an unknown site in Alum Bay off the Isle of Wight at the western end of the Solent.  The site was thought to possibly be part of HMS Pomone which is designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973).

During 1998, a MADU Team visited the Solent to help with maritime work being undertaken by the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (now known as the Maritime Archaeology Trust). During their visit, MADU spent some time in Alum Bay, but probably hindered more than helped in LoMAG's attempts to complete their survey of the site.

In an attempt to keep out of the way! MADU undertook some off-site search work, in an attempt to try and discover the full extent of the wreck, and to locate a mystery cannon reported to have been spotted to the south west of the site. This mystery cannon was however not found, and despite MADU's intervention, LoMAG successfully completed their survey of the Alum Bay site following a further visits during 1999. 

The LoMAG team at rest between dives The MADU team at rest between dives

The LoMAG team at rest between dives

The MADU team at rest between dives

The MADU team waiting for slack water at the Needles The MADU team waiting for slack water at the Needles

The MADU team waiting for slack water at the Needles

For details of other years working in the Solent with the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology see:

Bouldnor Cliff Field School - 1999

Reference Links:

For further information see the following article:

Solent Marine Archaeological Project by Garry Momber which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (1998.2, pages 6-7).

Joining SolMap 1998 at Hurst Castle by Garry Momber which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (1998.4, page 6).

Solent Haunts by Garry Momber & Robin Witheridge which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (1999.4, pages 6-7).

Exploration in the Lost Lands of the Solent by Garry Momber which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (2000.4, page 9).

Sun, Sea and Shipwrecks: SolMap Part III by Julie Satchell which can be found in "Nautical Archaeology" the NAS newsletter (2001.2, page 8).

MALVERN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIVING UNIT - Copyright © 2018. All Rights Reserved.