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Wednesday, 6 September, 2000, 19:15 GMT 20:15 UK
More problems for Stonehenge re-enactment
Volunteers pulling stone
The stone's journey has suffered several setbacks
Attempts to relaunch the Pembrokeshire Bluestone came to an abrupt end after incorrect measurements meant it would not fit into a newly-adapted boat.

Many believed the stone had come to a watery end three months ago when it slipped into the sea, sinking 50 feet onto the seabed off Dale.

It had since been rescued and organisers had hoped to have one more go at getting their cargo to Stonehenge.

Stonehenge
The stone's final destination is Stonehenge
Up until now the Bluestone has made its journey over water strapped beneath two traditional curragh.

But since the three tonne stone broke free there has been a rethink.

The two curragh have now been adapted so the stone can be put inside - which should make the whole craft easier to control.

It is the latest attempt to put the 100,000 lottery project back on track.

The aim is to retrace the journey taken by ancient tribes who it is believed moved stones from Wales to Salisbury Plain 4,000 years ago.

But ever since the stone began the journey from the Preseli Hills in April it has been plagued by mishaps and there have been calls for the project to be scrapped.

Another attempt to life the stone is due to take place on Thursday. If it is successfully loaded at Milford Haven, rowers are on standby to attempt the journey around the Welsh coast this weekend.

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