500-Year-Old Shipwrecked Galleon Found In Italy

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The first indications suggest that the shipwreck could be the Renaissance ship Santo Spirito, a merchant ship that sank in the late 16th century in the Camogli Sea.

Italian divers found the remains of a large sunken ship off the coast of the town of Portofino (province of Genoa, Italy), which could be a wrecked galleon from the 16th century, as announced last weekend by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Liguria, local media report.

The discovery of the wreck was made by two professional divers, Gabriele Succi and Edoardo Sbaraini, from the Rasta Divers submarine works company, who during a dive in late February of this year noticed wood debris at the bottom of the sea,  at a depth 50 meters.

The divers notified the authorities and participated in subsequent dives to explore the site together with other specialists. The first indications suggest that it could be the Renaissance ship Santo Spirito, a merchant ship that sank in 1579  in the Camogli Sea during a storm.

The accident took place amid the virulent black plague epidemic that was ravaging the city at the time and made rescue efforts difficult.

The cultural heritage authorities maintain that it is the first ship of that time found in Italy and assure that there is “great interest” in rescuing it. Historian Alessandra Cabella noted that an international research team has already been formed to study the remains.

Because it is very rare to find archaeological elements from the early modern era in the Mediterranean, the remains of the identified helmet are  of great historical value . The discovery offers the opportunity to study in detail the naval architecture of that time, known only through few references to naval treatises and with very little evidence found.

500-Year-Old Shipwrecked Galleon Found In Italy

 

500-Year-Old Shipwrecked Galleon Found In Italy

 

Source: Red Historia