Cannon, mines and a skull unearthed
While dredging Portsmouth harbour, in order to create a four mile channel for the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers to dock, a huge number of relics have been unearthed.
Amongst the 20,000 recovered items are eight cannons, 36 anchors, five bombs, a German sea mine, an aircraft engine and a Napoleonic-era human skull. The latter is suspected to have come from a cemetery situated on one of the islands in the harbour. There were also a number of WWII-era fuse caps recovered. The mine and bombs were towed out to sea and duly detonated by the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.
The 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales, are due to arrive at the Portsmouth Naval Base later this year.
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