HMS Merlin log slate found in River Thames 050122 CREDIT NICOLA WHITE
Nicola White has found numerous military items while mudlarking around the River Thames (Picture: Nicola White).
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What is this piece of Navy history found in London's waters?

Nicola White says her discovery on the River Thames is one of her "most exciting" yet.

HMS Merlin log slate found in River Thames 050122 CREDIT NICOLA WHITE
Nicola White has found numerous military items while mudlarking around the River Thames (Picture: Nicola White).

A London mudlarker has shared details of her latest find – what she believes is a log slate that once belonged to a Royal Navy vessel.

Nicola White, who Forces News met a few years ago to discuss her military discoveries, says the item was used on board HMS Merlin hundreds of years ago.

Numerous Navy ships have carried the name 'Merlin' over the centuries, and Ms White says she hopes to find out for sure which vessel the log slate originated from.

"Today's Thames find is one of my most exciting," she tweeted.

"A log slate belonging to the HMS Merlin (early 19th C)."

"At the end of the day the data on the slate was put into the logbook and the slate wiped clean (hence the saying).

"So literally going into Jan 2022 with a clean slate!"

Ms White added: "I found the two largest pieces together but broken and then miraculously the two smaller bits a few metres away."

Watch: In 2019, we met Nicola White to find out more about her military finds.