A mystery shipwreck has been uncovered in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle, on the North East coast, after fierce storms shifted the sands which had buried it for hundreds of years.
The wreck is only visible for around a few hours a day either side of low water and first appeared in June of this year.
Since then a team of archaeologists has been studying its timber to try and find out more about the stricken vessel.
And now they believe they have made a breakthrough after tests revealed the wood used to build the ship was felled in around 1768.
The survey also established that the timber originates from the East of England - making the ship British.
Jessica Berry, CEO of Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST), who have been carrying out research on the wreck, said: "When we first heard the wreck had emerged from the sands, we were up there the next day.
"We sat on the beach waiting for the tide to go out. At that point we did not know precisely what it was.
"As it appeared in front of us, it was the most incredible sight."