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Newport Ship

The Newport Medieval Ship was discovered in the banks of the River Usk in June 2002 during construction of the Riverfront Theatre.

The ship was excavated by a team of archaeologists and lifted from the ground timber by timber.

Initially supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and now mainstream funding from Newport City Council, a team of specialists are recording and conserving all 2000 ship timbers and the artefacts discovered during the excavation.

The work is uncovering new and exciting information about the ship allowing us to learn much more about the Newport ship, including its original size and shape, where it was built, the different parts of the world it sailed to, and what its cargo was.


Schools will be interested in our Newport Ship schools web resource for Key Stage 3 students, developed with the National Grid for Learning.

The Friends of the Newport Ship

The Friends of the Newport Ship is a registered charity run wholly by volunteers. To find out more or join, visit the website of the Friends of the Newport Ship