Publications

Forthcoming – a quantitative analysis of the findings will serve as a basis for an article in a peer-reviewed journal of maritime archaeology. Several points that would be addressed are – what were the most common causes for shipwrecks? Can we identify zones that were more dangerous for navigation? Can an explanation be suggested? Can the biography of certain ships be reconstructed? What can we learn from these examples on shipping in the eastern Mediterranean in the early modern period?

News

[3 November 2015 – 14:01] Moulia riff is suspected to be the wreck site of the ship Contarina

New evidence allows better identification of the wreck site of the Contarina, which was stricken by a storm and later stranded, in 1523, on Moulia rocks, some four kilometres southeast to the entrance of the ancient port of Paphos. The ship departed from Cyprus on the return voyage to Venice, but was inclined to turn back due to bad weather conditions. It was later shipwrecked and sunk under water level. The ship was partly chartered by the state, and therefore it is estimated that more information on this case is available. Read more about it – search for Contarina in our database.

[21 October 2015 – 17:35] New update on the suspected position of the merchant galley Magna

New evidence may lead to a better estimation of the wreck site of the Magna shipwreck. The dramatic events leading to the sinking of the galley were described in great details in the testimonies of three survivors. The galley departed from Cape Salomon in Crete on 19 Dec 1516, and sunk on the night between 21 – 22 of December at a distance of some 200 Italian miles from Alexandria in a N to NNW direction. The Magna broke into three parts and began to sink rapidly. At this point the galley already covered two-thirds of the way from Cape Salomon to Alexandria. The survivor testimonies invite a reconstruction of the events, and a better assessment of the site. There were dozens of passengers on board the Magna, and principally Jewish immigrants, as well as, the majority of the cargo that was loaded in Venice destined to Alexandria. Read more about it – search Magna in our database.

[20 October 2015 – 09:41] The cause of shipwreck of the merchant galley Magna

More details concerning the breaking of the galley Magna into three parts reveal – Arsenal officials, who inspected the galley before its departure testified for its poor condition. The galley required careening, and new application of beef fat on its surface, since the last one was almost entirely consumed. Cracks were found in the upper bridge and the hemp was rotten. The surveyors detected several places in the structure above waterline where the hemp was dry and rotten. Despite their conclusions, the Venetian collegio ruled to commission the craft for the voyage. Read more about it – search Magna in our database.

[24 September 2015 – 20:23] New update on the treasures of Catherina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus.

The personal property of Catherina Corner, the Queen of Cyprus, as well as, part of her retinue of servants sunk with the light galley Brazza, in 1489. The Queen embarked from Cyprus in early March 1489 for her return voyage to Venicer. Her servants and relatives embarked shortly after on different galleys. The light galley Brazza, which was commissioned in the island of Brač in Croatia, carried on board 170 passengers and crew, in addition to the personal property of the Queen. It sunk in high seas, somewhere between the Western shores of Cyprus and Rhodes. Read more about this exciting discovery – search Brazza in our database.