Diver Recovers Rare Sandglass Timer From 18th Century Warship Invincible Sunk Of Isle Of Wight

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A DIVER has salvaged an ultra-rare sandglass timer from the wreck of an 18th century warship that sunk off the Isle of Wight 260 years ago.

Georgian warship Invincible sank after smashing into a sandbank shortly after leaving Portsmouth in February 1758.

The sandglass was pulled from the wreckage by marine archaeologist Giles Richardson

The sandglass – pulled from the wreckage by marine archaeologist Giles Richardson – would have been used to measure the ship’s speed.

The hourglass-like instrument is six inches long, and would have run for 28 seconds per turn.

It was used to help sailors count the number of knots dragged through his hands by a wooden “log” tossed overboard.

Divers spent two months working their way through the Invincible’s hold before retrieving the sandglass.

Georgian warship Invincible sank after smashing into a sandbank shortly after leaving Portsmouth in February 1758.




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