Photo: Liz Mott

The Stray Finds Project – Not just brass and bottles!

The Stray Finds Project is an offshoot of the The SHIPS Project and aims to locate, record and rescue historical objects found beside or under the sea.

The Project was started by Mallory Haas and Pete Holt because they came across many interesting and unusual objects that had been recovered by divers and salvors but not recorded or photographed. They were therefore missing pieces of our maritime history.

The project publishes information about recovered objects on their website and on social media so they can be shared with the general public.

If you have found something you would like identified or have it recorded so its story can be told, please contact Mallory Haas who would be delighted to help you.

If you have any unwanted objects you would like to donate to the project, they would love to receive them as they can then rehome them in suitable museums.

Receiver of Wreck

Please remember that it is your duty to report anything you find that could have come from a shipwreck to the Receiver of Wreck within 28 days.  They will issue you with a receipt called a ‘droit’.  If no one claims your find within one year, you may be allowed to keep it.  Legitimate finders may be entitled to a salvage award.

Oral history project

We would love to record stories from those with living memories of the Sands.  If you would like to be interviewed or would like to become an interviewee please do contact us.  It would be great to hear from you.

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