I was going to do a day sail on her in Weymouth Bay but came down with a bug before I could. Quite reasonable terms too. Crew were very friendly. Not sure if they were in Weymouth for part of the Dunkirk film filmed in Weymouth Harbour, we had three such old trawlers and drifters anchored in the centre of the harbour. Great sight.
They are bronze and we first thought they were trunnions for a bronze cannon but I've been told by a cannon expert they are nothing to do with cannons but I think they may well be axle bearings possibly for a forge cart that would be part of a troop of cavalry that were on board with their horses in the 1795 transport.
My ships haven't come in as they sank off Chesil Beach. I bought the rights to five 1795 shipwrecks and one 1888 shipwreck and used scuba gear to find artefacts from those wrecks. The attached photos are of two different size unidentified objects from a 1795 wreck that had cavalry on board so they might be something to do with a blacksmiths wagon. They are about 4 or 5 inches across the mouth. Suggestions welcome.
I know the people who run it and the farmer whose fields they use. I am in a sea shanty group and we sang there last year. If you have any trouble getting through on the website I can forward questions to them.
Hi Midlife (Wayne?) I know a CAD expert so I will ask how long that might take. I was looking for the easiest option. We were quoted £7k by a professional builder. The plans we have relate to Bristol ship lost off Chesil Beach.