Lizard Point

Lizard shipwreck to be studied

The site of the Royal Anne Wreck

By Stephen Ivall

Cornwall's historic environment service and Penzance-based maritime archaeologist Kevin Camidge have been commissioned by English Heritage to carry out a marine environmental assessment of the Royal Anne Galley, a protected wreck lying in about five meters of seawater off the Lizard Point.

It follows a historical study of the wreck undertaken by HES in 2005.

Charles Johns, senior archaeologist from HES said: "This project is particularly important because it is the first environmental assessment of a protected wreck to be commissioned and will enable the council's Historical Environment Service to be a key player' in developing methodologies for assessing and managing protected wreck sites."

Under the 2002 National Heritage Act, English Heritage assumed responsibility for maritime archaeology in English coastal waters including 45 protected wreck sites; 10 of which lie off the coast Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.