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Archaeologists working at an east London Crossrail site have uncovered remains of the historic Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company.

Work is under way at Limmo Peninsula, by Canning Town, to record the remains of the shipyard, which shut in 1912.

The firm employed thousands of people to build ships for navies worldwide.

Crossrail said details of the shipyard were documented before digging began so it had incorporated the excavation work into its construction programme.

It said tunnelling in the area where the shipyard is being excavated would begin later this year.

The shipyard played a significant part in Britain’s industrial history until its closure in 1912.

It was the first in the world to produce iron ships - some of the most famous warships in the world were built and launched from Limmo Peninsula. Read more.

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence which they say confirms the site of Henry VIII’s dockyard in Kent.

Evidence of Chatham’s Tudor shipyard, along with medieval remains, were found during a four-day dig at the Command House pub on the banks of River Medway.

The dig, the first on the site, was filmed for a History Channel programme presented by comedian Rory McGrath.

Medway Council said it hoped the finds would support its World Heritage status bid for Chatham Historic Dockyard.

The dig uncovered evidence that proved the pub stands on the site of one of the earliest shipyards at Chatham.

A ship’s hook, nails and tankards used by Tudor ship builders from the time of Henry VIII were found. Read more.

The team, working with the Italian Archaeological Superintendancy of Rome, has uncovered the remains of a massive building close to the distinctive hexagonal basin or ‘harbour’, at the centre of the port complex.

University of Southampton Professor and Portus Project Director, Simon Keay comments, “At first we thought this large rectangular building was used as a warehouse, but our latest excavation has uncovered evidence that there may have been another, earlier use, connected to the building and maintenance of ships.

"Few Roman Imperial shipyards have been discovered and, if our identification is correct, this would be the largest of its kind in Italy or the Mediterranean." Read more.

VERGENNES — Vermont’s Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is going to be searching for the location of the shipyard used to build U.S. Navy vessels used to repel a British attack on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.

The museum will use a grant of almost $24,000 from the National Park Service to undertake an archaeological survey to find the precise location of the shipyard.

U.S. Navy Commodore Thomas McDonough built a fleet at a yard on the Otter Creek in Vergennes prior to the 1814 British invasion of New York state.

On Sept. 11, 1814 McDonough used the fleet built at Vergennes to defeat the British fleet at the Battle of Plattsburgh.

Maritime Museum Archaeologist Joanne Dennis says she expects the dig to take place in October. (source)