The initial investigations (Research Pt1) failed to provide any conformation about the true identity of the ship known as the Norseman, thus a new direction was required. To this end detailed talks were held with local historian Bryan Woodford. Using his extensive network of local contacts the story of the quest to discover more about the wreck was related to ex-Hamble ferryman Reg Sedgewick. He in turn passed on the information that he believed the Norseman was an American yacht brought over to the UK in the 1900ís.
A return visit was made to the Southampton Library and the Mercantile Navy List / Lloyds Register of Yachts was inspected. Armed with the possible American origins and dimensions the search this time was more focused. Sure enough there was a Norseman of the correct size and origin registered with Lloyds of London in 1917. From this start an ongoing chronology was established.
Lloyds Register stated that this Norseman, if the correct one, was built at the C&R Poillon boatyard in Brooklyn USA in 1881. A search of the Internet showed that this shipyard produced many famous racing yachts from the early 1800ís and into the 1900ís. It was through one of these web sites that contact was made with Ms. Nannette Poillon (a great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Poillon founder of the shipyard). Through e-mail correspondence much of the early life of the Norseman was finally uncovered (see Norseman). Additional information was gained through extracts of the ďRecord of American and Foreign ShippingĒ available through the Internet, which allowed the history of the ship to be traced back to its original launch.
But was this the correct boat? The available records showed that the ship was built from oak, a North American larch known as Hackmatack and yellow pine and constructed with galvanized and copper fittings. However, funds were not available to carry out tests to establish the type of wood still remaining on the tidal foreshore (remember this investigation was being carried out on zero budget in the authors spare time). However, a fine line drawing of the Norsemanís hull was provided by Ms. Nannette Poillon and Claas van der Linde which was originally drawn by F. Chevalier and J. Taglang (see below).