THIS WEEK IN 1985: Why is there a hole in my bucket?

retro september 2017  Bucket - Simon Aked, conservation director of the Invincible project, is seen here with the mystery bucket
retro september 2017 Bucket - Simon Aked, conservation director of the Invincible project, is seen here with the mystery bucket
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Divers stumbled across a relic near the orlop deck of the 18th century Portsmouth shipwreck HMS Invincible – and it left them scratching their heads.

They brought up the well-preserved remains of a Georgian bucket.

The only trouble was it had a hole in the middle, and they didn’t know why.

One theory was it could have brought a bit of relief to the seamen who were cut short on deck.

The oak bucket was brought to the surface in pieces, and was re-assembled by Simon Aked, the Invincible project’s conservation director.

‘It certainly started out life as a bucket, but whether it was converted to something else we are not quite sure,’ Mr Aked said.

Invincible sank three miles off Eastney in 1758, along with hundreds of treasures.