Kent Archaeological Review extract

Information Please.
by W H Honey.
(Director, Maritime and Local History Museum, Deal.)

The note on the East India Company trade tokens recovered from the Goodwin Sands (Peter Keller, KAR Number 48 page 182) perpetuates the suggestion that the tokens came from the wreck of the Brittania in the vicinity of the Goodwins in 1809. East India Company tokens of this type are occasionally found on the foreshore at Deal.

This museum is of course very interested in ships having trouble in these waters (we have records of well over 1500) but despite bald statements by the local press, radio and television about the wreck of the Brittania and her trade tokens, we have not been able to trace a vessel of that name coming to grief at that period.

We should be very grateful for further information, if it exists.

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