ship exhibited in the shipwreck museum is the oldest ship
recovered so far.
belongs to the period of the Hellenistic kingdoms founded
after the death of Alexander. It was first noticed by a sponge
diver at a depth of 3 metres and was brought out by researchers
from the University of Pennsylvania.
applied to almond remains on the ship point to the year 288
B.C.; tests applied to its timber show it is from 389 B.C..
This indicates that the ship was about eighty years old when
it sank. The 15-metre body of the ship is made of Jerusalem
pine. It is covered with a protective film presumably as a
precaution against the mediterranean shipworm. The amphoras
found on the ship which number around 400 are thought to have
been loaded in Rhodes.
these, 29 bosalt mill stones have been found. It is possible
to tell from the remains found on the ship that it did business
on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts before setting sail
for Cyprus and that the crews main supply of food was
almonds. No human skeletons have been found on the ship.