THE Ferriby Boats are three Bronze-Age vessels known as ‘Ferriby 3’. They are probably one of the most internationally important finds in maritime archeology as they are thought to be the oldest sewn plank-built boats anywhere in the world outside Egypt.
In the late summer of 1937, Bill and Ted Wright, who spent their boyhood in the village and were keenly interested in palaeontology and archaeology, were walking along the North Ferriby Foreshore on the banks of the Humber, when they saw the ends of three massive oak planks.
At first they thought they might be the remains of a Viking Long Boat, but later dating put the remains nearly two thousand years older at 1800-2000BC. To try and answer some of these questions Naval architects Edwin Gilford and John Coates built a replica which is the present Oakleaf.
It had its sea trials at Filey in 2004 and remains the property of the Ferriby Heritage Trust. You can see the replica Ferriby Boat on the Heritage Open Day at the North Ferriby Riverside Walkway.
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