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17 May 2012
Bronze Age boat replica fails to float

A half-size replica of Dover's Bronze Age boat started to sink as it was lowered into the water at Dover Marina (Kent, England), and had to be hoisted out again after a few minutes.
     A team of craftsmen and archaeologists had been working for several months to build the boat, using the same tools and methods as when the original was built more than 3,500 years ago.
     The team, though disappointed, were undeterred, and said they would continue their work. "We are hopeful that we can think again and make the boat good," said archaeologist Peter Clark who has led the project, named "Ole Crumlin-Pederson" after a Danish archaeologist who had worked on the project, but died before it was completed.

Edited from East Kent Mercury (16 May 2012)

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