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17-03-2010

Sailors' clothing from 18th century Brittish wreck Polish on display

Robin Hood Airport has handled its most historic cargo, which has lain at the bottom of the sea for two centuries.
Rare artefacts from a British sailing ship that was wrecked and sunk in the Baltic end 18th century have been brought to the surface and are now on their way to a maritime exhibition in Whitby, from where they originally started out.

The items of sailors' clothing were flown to Doncaster Sheffield Airport by Wizz Air from Poland, where they have been kept since they were recovered in 1995 by an archaeology unit at Gdansk maritime museum.

The rare hat, stockings, shoes and mittens from the wreck of the Whitby ship; The General Carleton had been remarkably well preserved in the cold mud of the Baltic.

The articles have been loaned from the Polish museum because of their historic links to the region and will be on view for the first time in the UK as part of the Northward Ho! exhibition at the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby, which opens on Monday.

The General Carlton was a bark and sank on 27th September 1785 near Debci
(Polish coast) with a a cargo of iron. In 1985 the discovery of the shipsbell led to the identification of the wreck. The General Carlton collection of cloathing represents the most numerous and securely dated set of ordinary 18th century clothing in the world.


Sailors Jacket from the General Carleton


The Barge General Carleton (source; Centralne Muzeumm Morskie)


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