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Excavation Will Recover 18th-Century Yacht

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


CASTLETOWN, ISLE OF MAN—An eighteenth-century vessel named Peggy is being excavated from the cellar of its wealthy owner’s home. It is thought that George Quayle, a politician and bank owner, had built a private dock underneath his home, and that he used Peggy for pleasure cruises and transporting important mail to Liverpool. “To remove the boat we have to move more than 50 tons of nineteenth-century landfill which then fills up with water,” Caroline Raynor of Oxford Archaeology North told BBC News. An eighteenth-century leather pistol holster, boat-building materials, and perfume bottles have also been recovered.