Historic England At Risk Register, Devon
“The Axe Boat, Axmouth
The Axe boat dates to the late 15th or early 16th century. In 2001 shifting tidal patterns revealed the wreck in the silt of a former harbour.
These wrecks are extremely rare with very few surviving examples known around our entire coastline.
Its timbers are well enough preserved to reveal details of the techniques used by medieval shipwrights.
The biggest threat to the wreck comes from fluctuating silt levels, as when its sodden timber dries out it begins to decay; exposed timber is also subject to biological attack.
There is also a risk of accidental damage or loss of historic fabric due to floods, storms, and contact with small vessels using the channel.
The Axe Boat has this year been added to the Register and we hope that it will be possible to understand and record more of the vessel, to gain more information about our early shipbuilding history and medieval mercantile past, while we have the opportunity to do so.”