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Perth, Saint John Street


Site Name Perth, Saint John Street

Classification Boat

Alternative Name(s) River Tay

Canmore ID 79788

Site Number NO12SW 215

NGR NO 119 235

NGR Description NO c. 119 235

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Perth
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO12SW 215 c. 119 235

About 1829 the 'remains of a boat' were discovered at a depth of about 10' (3.1m) during the excavation of foundations in Saint John Street which runs parallel to the present bank of the River Tay (and at a distance of 130m from it) between NO 1198 2363 and NO 1197 2346. Although the vessel was not a logboat, its unusual nature makes it worthy of re-publication.

The 'planks and bindings' of the boat were of oak while the former were both 'rabetted upon one another' and 'fastened with copper rivets'. A 'well-formed' rope of heather was attached to the boat, and beneath the vessel there were the remains of willows and aquatic shrubs.

G L Gomme 1886; R J C Mowat 1996.


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