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The movement of 37 sunken vessels, that were unearthed during excavations carried out as part of the Istanbul Marmaray and metro projects, has finally been concluded. 

The head of Istanbul University’s Department of Marine Archaeology and the Yenikapı Sunken Ships Project, Associate Professor Ufuk Kocabaş, said works had continued for eight years. He added that the structures and tens of thousands of archaeological artifacts found in Theodosis Port, one of the most important ports in the city in the Middle Ages, represented the largest Middle Ages boat collection in the world. 

Kocabaş said scientific works were still ongoing on the sunken ships remains. “The oldest sunken vessel is about 1,500 years old and they have all seen the destructive power of the nature until now. Read more.

KENOSHA — The Pinta and the Nina, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, will open for tours in Kenosha Tuesday, Aug. 30. The ships will be docked at the Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 Fourth Ave., until their departure early Monday, Sept. 12.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. 

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced “sailing museum” for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the Caravel, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers used to discover the world.

While in port, the general public are invited to visit the ships from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for youth ages 5-16 . There is no charge for children 4 and younger. No reservations necessary. (source)

Cultural and Arts Affairs Minister T B Ekanayake has planned to launch a series of programmes to discover ocean archaeological treasures such as sunken ships and to develop ancient sites in the country.

This decision followed a discussion between Cultural and Arts Affairs Minister T B Ekanayake and Chinese Cultural Minister Cai Wu recently in China.

During his tour in China recently, Minister Ekanayake met Chinese Cultural Minister Cal Wu and decided on the above.

Ekanayake took the opportunity to make the Chinese Cultural Minister aware of the long-standing relationship between the two countries especially during the period of the Ming Empire. Excavations of the ancient city of Yapahuwa revealed that many trade activities had taken place between China and Sri Lanka. Chinese coins and ceramic items which were found from excavations in the ancient city of Yapahuwa have provided ample evidence in this regard. An urn was found from the Galsohonkanatta cemetery in Yapahuwa and also some pollen. Samples of these pollen were linked to lotus flowers in China today. Further Minister T B Ekanayake had explained the ancient trade affairs of the two countries through the Silk Road and the relationships of the two countries which were existing from the Second Century BC.

The Chinese Cultural Minister has agreed to support to explore sunken ships which have an archaeological value. Read more.

DIVERS are to salvage the two anchors on the famous gunrunning ship The Aud and present them to the people of Fenit, Co Kerry and Cobh, Co Cork.

The ship, estimated to be carrying 20,000 rifles and 1,000,000 rounds of ammunition, was scuttled by its German crew at the entrance to Cork harbour in 1916. It lies in 36m of water outside Roches Point.

The crew was supposed to hand over the weapons to Roger Casement and his volunteer followers in Kerry but, unknown to them, German codes had been broken by the British Navy, which intercepted the vessel in Tralee Bay.

The Aud’s captain, Karl Spindler, allowed himself to be escorted to Cork harbour by HMS Bluebell. But at the entrance to the harbour Capt Spindler ordered his crew to scuttle the ship.

Permission to raise the anchors has been given by the National Museum’s underwater archaeology unit. Read more.

Aerial surveys are being carried out over Skye to help archaeologists investigate a 12th Century Viking shipbuilding site.

Boat timbers, a stone-built quay and a canal have already been uncovered at Loch na h-Airde on Skye’s Rubh an Dunain peninsula.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) has launched the air surveys.

Staff hope to pinpoint new sites for investigation.

Working with marine archaeologists, RCAHMS also hope to find potential dive sites for searches for the remains of ships and other artifacts. Read more.

In response to “An Ugly Pile of Junk”, please be advised that the Royston breakwater and ships are protected by the BC Heritage Conservation Act. The vessels are corroding but this does not change the historical significance and on-going value of the site.

The site is an amazing historical time capsule containing wooden and steel sailing ships, steam powered vessels and World War II fighting ships. The Underwater Archaeological Society of BC (UASBC) and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) consider the site one of the greatest concentrations of heritage sailing and WW II ships in North America. UASBC researcher Rick James has written a book about the site entitled, The Ghost Ships of Royston. Read more.

A local maritime historian and two non-profit archaeological groups are working to attain ‘heritage wreck’ status for 14 scuttled ships at the Royston hulk breakwater.

Yesterday morning, Rick James and eight other volunteers from the non-profits Underwater Archaeological Society of B.C. and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology wrapped up a three-day review of the sunken vessels.

Among the ships are three Cape Horn windjammers: the three-mast Melanope and Riversdale and the four mast Barque Comet. There are also six Royal Canadian Navy warships, plus Pacific lumber schooners and steam tugs. Read more.

A WA Museum research team is using modern technology to rediscover a historical treasure trove deep beneath the ocean surface off Rottnest Island – five wrecks have been identified so far. Read more.