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Bronze Bell Project - 2017Bronze Bell

Brief History:

The Bronze Bell (or Tal-y-Bont) wreck lies to the south of the Sarn Badrig Reef (St. Partick's Causeway) between Barmouth and Harlech in Cardigan Bay.  The wreck is named after the bell that was found on the site bearing the date 1677.  Along with cannons and anchors on the site were found 43 blocks of Italian Carrara marble. 

The site is designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973).

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During 2017 MADU were commissioned by NAS (on behalf of Cadw) to carry out an exercise relating to the Bronze Bell shipwreck to:

1. Assess all currently known material relating to the site.

2. Draft a suitable route around the wreck site for visiting divers.

3. Compile documentation that would contribute to the production of a bilingual guide for visitors.

4. Compile documentation which would contribute towards additional ‘land-based’ information for divers.

5. Produce a statement and recommendations for the management and administration of the diver trail in future years.

The exercise concluded with the production of a report relating to items 1 to 4 above:

Assessment of material relating to the Bronze Bell (Tal-y-Bont) shipwreck and recommendations for improving accessibility to the site and the recovered artefacts

and a report relating to item 5 above:

Recomendations for the management and administration of a diver trail for the Bronze Bell (Tal-y-Bont) shipwreck site.

Overlooking the Bronze Bell wreck site, Tal-y-Bont The Bronze Bell Shipwreck Museum, Barmouth

Overlooking the Bronze Bell wreck site at Tal-y-Bont

The Bronze Bell Shipwreck Museum in Barmouth

The exercise produced a proposed diver trail around the main site features together with the following slate for divers to take underwater.

Proposed Diver Trail Proposed Diver Trail

In addition to the above, the exercise also proposed an information leaflet relating to the wreck, the site, and the museum, for visitors to the area.

Bronze Bell information leaflet Bronze Bell information leaflet
Bronze Bell information leaflet

During the course of the exercise, the brief was increased to include the photographing of some of the recovered artefacts and using photogrammetry, produce a set of 3D images.

Photographing the Bronze Bell Photogrammetry image of the Bronze Bell

Photographing the Bronze Bell

Photogrammetry image of the Bronze Bell (by Martin Davies)

Photographing the carved marble block Photogrammetry image of the marble blockl

Photographing the carved marble block

Photogrammetry image of the marble block (by Martin Davies)

Photographing one of the cannons Photogrammetry image of the cannon

Photographing one of the cannons

Photogrammetry image of the cannon (by Martin Davies)

 

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