The Shipwreck Museum

The ship exhibited in the Shipwreck Museum which is situated in the one of the old guard rooms of Kyrenia Castle is the second oldest recovered sunken ship in the Mediterranean. The ship, which dates from The Hellenistic Period, was discovered by a sponge diver in 1965 and brought to the surface in a salvage expedition directed by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from 1967-69. It has been established that the ship was approximately eight years old when it sank. The 14 meters long wooden hull is built mostly of Aleppo pine. The 413 amphorae on board originate from the islands of Rhodes, Kos and Samos. The 29 millstones which were used as ballast have identification marks which suggest they came from Kos. From the rediscovered artefacts it can be established that the ship traded along the coast of the Aegean and the Mediterranean and was manned by a crew of four. The 2300 year old ship is a major tourist attraction for Kyrenia.

Address: Kyrenia Castle, K├╝pdemir Sokak, Girne
Phone: +90 392 227 2916

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