MAS-O100179: MAS-O100179; Dorset; Ordnance; Image 1 of 2

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: MAS-O100179

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

This find consists of 12 lead balls varying in diameter between c. 15 mm and 21mm. All appear unfired and bear the mould lines and sprue marks from being hand moulded in a 2 part mould. The balls themselves are in fair condition, though some bear concretion/encrustation.

Images of the finds were sent to Charles Trollop, an expert in historical ordnance, who advised that in all likelihood these are English Standard Musket (0.775 " or 19.79 mm) and Carbine (0.615 " or 15.64 mm) Balls. These standards relate to most of the black powder/smooth bore period from the 17th to 19th centuries.


This find comes from an unidentified wreck known as the Brandy Wreck, situated east of Portland Harbour in Weymouth Bay, Dorset. An investigation of the newly discovered wreck was carried out by Wessex Archaeology (2016) in conjunction with The Shipwreck Project, a local organisation who discovered the site, and at the behest of Historic England. The lack of datable evidence from secure contexts, structural elements of a vessel and other factors meant that a precise date or name of the vessel could not be determined. Broadly, the vessel is thought to date between 1600 and 1825 AD and may relate to a naval or merchant vessel, or potentially be a chance accumulation of artefacts. Vessel currently has no NRHE or HER designation numbers.


Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With Finder

Wreck details

Droit number: 095/18


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 12
Diameter: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.

Other reference numbers

Droit ID: 095/18

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY7375
Four figure Latitude: 50.57411317
Four figure longitude: -2.38265074
1:25K map: SY7375
1:10K map: SY75SW
Display four figure position on What3Words
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Diving
Discovery circumstances: Brandy Wreck
Current location: With Finder

References cited

Similar objects

Find number: MAS-D100184
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
A single piece of copper alloy sheeting, measuring approximately 70 mm by 55 mm with a thickness of c. 2 mm. The item bears 4 grooves pressed …
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: MAS-D100207
Object type: BOTTLE
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Long necked glass bottle in clear or aqua marine glass. Overall height of 210 mm from base to finish, the height of body from base to shoulder…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: MAS-D100178
Object type: TOOTHBRUSH
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
This find consists of a brush handle and head manufactured from either bone, horn or ivory, with the bristles missing. The item is approximate…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Friday 1st June 2018
Updated: Thursday 26th March 2020

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.