The team was made up of British archaeologists and craftsmen who have been hammering away and building the boat with Bronze Age tools and methods for the past three months. The boat it was based on used oak planks sewn together with yew lashings. It sounds like a wonderful project, right? Let’s see how the building chops of modern men stack up with ancient techniques! Sadly, we embarrassed ourselves.
The boat, which is a half-sized replica of the original Bronze Age boat found in Dover back in 1992, didn’t even have anybody in it when it was lowered into the harbour, yet it had to be lifted out of the water immediately. The team even popped champagne at the launch but will now go back and patch the boat up to see if they can at least get it to stay afloat. Good luck! [Kent Online UK, BBC]