The National Importance of Cargo Vessels: Tees Pilot

Project 7051

By Antony Firth, Peter Rowe

This project is intended to help identify and assess the significance of post-1840 cargo vessels, which are by far the most frequently encountered marine heritage asset as reflected in the National Record of the Historic Environment.

The project has developed a mechanism for identifying important cargo vessels through a pilot study off the Tees, from Blackhall Rocks to Staithes.

From an initial dataset of 58 wrecks, 37 cargo vessel wrecks have been considered in detail in the course of this pilot. Of these, 16 were considered to be sufficient interest to warrant the preparation of Statements of Significance, of which seven have been prepared to accompany this methodological pilot.

The project has been carried out as a collaboration between Fjordr Limited and Tees Archaeology - with additional assistance form Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums - on behalf of Historic England.


  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Research aims and objectives
  • Preliminary selection of vessels
  • The development of a mechanism for identifying national importance
  • The application of the mechanism to cargo vessels in the study area
  • Cargo vessel wrecks and their context
  • Review of the mechanism
  • Dissemination
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Further reading
  • Appendices
  • Combined statements of significance

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 82


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