Norman's Bay Wreck, Pevensey Bay, East Sussex Conservation Statement and Management Plan

Author(s): Mark Beattie-Edwards

The Norman’s Bay Wreck, off the Sussex coast, was designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973) in 2006 as an English or Dutch ship of unknown identity, dating between the 17th and 18th centuries AD. It was initially speculated that the wreck was the English 70-gun ship, Resolution, lost in The Great Storm of 1703, however dendrochronology undertaken in 2007 suggests that the vessel was built in the middle of the 17th century AD with parent timbers coming from Germany or the Low Countries. A plausible hypothesis from the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is that the site represents the remains of the Wapen van Utrecht, a 64 gun Dutch ship lost during the Battle of Beachy Head in 1690. The Conservation Statement and Management Plan has been produced to enable local and regional stakeholder involvement in the conservation management of the Norman’s Bay Wreck site, to balance both the site’s protection along with economic and social needs. The principle aim of the Conservation Management Plan is to identify a shared vision of how these values of the Norman’s Bay Wreck can be conserved, maintained and enhanced for future generations.

Report Number:
Research Report
Maritime Marine


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