Schooner unearthed after recent storms

What appears to be the wreck of an schooner has been uncovered on a beach near Arklow.

Recent stormy weather has removed sand from the beach and exposed the 16m section of oak hull. Unfortunately, even at the remote location, the structure has been vandalised.

A section of oak plank has been removed by use of a saw. Hopefully not for firewood.

According to Wikipedia, although mostly associated with North America, schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century. They were further developed in North America from the early 18th century, and came into extensive use in New England.[1] Schooners were popular in trades requiring speed and windward ability, such as slavingprivateeringblockade running, and offshore fishing.[2] In the Chesapeake Bay area several distinctive schooner types evolved, including the Baltimore clipperbugeye, and pungy. Schooners were also popular among pirates in the West Indies during the Golden Age of Piracy, for their speed and agility. They could also sail in shallow waters, and while being considerably smaller than other ships of the time period (such as frigates and galleons), they could still hold enough cannons to intimidate merchant vessels into submission.

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