Hi All, I have a twelve foot length of ships timber rescued from the beach a couple of years ago. I originally registered it with Receiver of Wreck and presented it to my local museum but they have now given me it back.
It has been identified as end of the 18th century by the National Maritime Museum (based on the copper/bronze pins still in place), but of no value historically as there are no identifiable features to ident it to vessel. The NMM cleared me to use it for carving.
I cut into it last week and found that the wood is very hard and completely black with only a faint figuring visible which looks something like Oak. I asked Kew Gardens if they could ident the wood if I sent them a piece - they agreed, if I pay them £100.00 plus VAT.
Can anyone one advise how I could get this timber identified without spending a hundred quid on it please?