SU6100 : FL1 - Mine Countermeasures Vessel - prior to survey

taken 10 years ago, near to Hardway, Hampshire, Great Britain

FL1 - Mine Countermeasures Vessel - prior to survey
FL1 - Mine Countermeasures Vessel - prior to survey
I was part of the NAS/HWTMA (Nautical Archaeology Society and the Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology) Forton Lake Archaeology Project (2006-09) for the third year of fieldwork in June and July 2008...this was June 28, 2008, my first day on the job, and this is what I faced.

Well, I say "job" - I was a volunteer, but as a young lad it was rather daunting...exciting though, of course. We recorded the frames, the keel, keelson ETC over this and the following day, before moving on to a triangular-shaped vessel further east for the final two days of fieldwork.

Here, the bow section is seen to be relatively intact; beginning in 2011, this is begun to come apart from the rest of the vessel and is now almost lying horizontal to the hull. In due course, I can only assume the bow area will detach completely from the vessel and float elsewhere on a high tide.

What remains is only the port side of a former mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), which, like the motor minesweeper on the north shore, would have been used for destruction of mines during the Second World War.

I am not an expert as far as ships are concerned - though this and my subsequent archaeological fieldwork and research have helped - so it's not me but Wikipedia stating that the difference between FL1 being a "MCMV" and FL3 being a motor minesweeper is that the MCMV combines the role of minesweeper and minehunter within one hull.
I suppose the instantly recognisable aspect, other than its distinctly "skeleton"-like appearance when seen from afar, is that this and FL3 are easily distinguished from one another by their different sizes;- FL3 is much longer with a larger beam.

I should mention that the terms "FL1" and "FL3" are simply the identification numbers by which the NAS and HWTMA Project differentiated between each vessel, this system having been used by Ted Sutton during his 1997 survey, and one which has remained in use since. "FL" stands for "Forton Lake", while the vessels were numbered in order of their locations, from the easternmost to the westernmost points of the Lake.
Mr Sutton recorded up to FL11; however upon visual inspection in 2006 the NAS and HWTMA identified many more vessels - those already recorded were subject again to survey (with the exception of FL1, not recorded until the 2007 season); in order to distinguish between Mr Sutton's work and that of the more recent project, a gap was left between FL12 and FL14. This is why, where the Landing Craft and the RAF ferry boat adjacent to it might have been FL12 and FL13, instead they are FL15 and FL16.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 June, 2008   (more nearby)
Sunday, 5 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Derelict, Disused  Flat landscapes 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6155 0080 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.2098N 1:7.6746W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6153 0077
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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