North East Shipwrecks - One of Britain's most famous barges was raised from the murky waters of the River Tyne at
North East Shipwrecks - One of Britain's most famous barges was raised from the murky waters of the River Tyne at Newcastle quayside. The Wylam had sunk three weeks prior to being raised, taking with her 100 tons of ore bound for the Associated Lead works. Divers had been busy since then bringing up the ore from the bottom of the river before fastening shackles into the barge. She was then slowly hoisted from the water by crane. The Wylam was then to be pumped free of water and an investigation held to see why she sank. The boat was featured in the film 'Mary Queen of Scots. She was decked up as a schooner, her engines were hidden and she set Vanessa Redgrave ashore at Bamburgh. 5th February, 1973."
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