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Iron Tub Boats at Burry Port Harbour

A Scheduled Monument in Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.6784 / 51°40'42"N

Longitude: -4.2495 / 4°14'58"W

OS Eastings: 244564

OS Northings: 200130

OS Grid: SN445001

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.X950

Mapcode Global: VH3MH.929P

Entry Name: Iron Tub Boats at Burry Port Harbour

Scheduled Date: 19 May 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2826

Cadw Legacy ID: CM268

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Boat

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn)

Built-Up Area: Burry Port

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument consists of the remains of five canal boats, shoring up the harbour break water. They are in varying states of completeness, but are all constructed of wrought iron plates bolted together. Three have pointed ends and one is a tub boat with lightly rounded ends. All have a variety of fixings for towing and holding down tarpaulins.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of maritime transport. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is a a strip approximately 80m by 12m just below high tide mark at the base of the harbour breakwater.

Source: Cadw

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