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In France, divers explore the wreck of a 16th century sailing ship

Maritime archaeologists from France have begun further excavations on the wreck of the 16th century wooden merchant ship Sanguinaires C. The researchers will try to answer a number of questions concerning wreckwhich rests at a depth of 19 metres at the mouth of Bays of Ajaccio. And it has to be said that the surveyed
Published: September 23, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:18
In France, divers explore the wreck of a 16th century sailing ship

Maritime archaeologists from France have begun further excavations on the wreck of the 16th century wooden merchant ship Sanguinaires C.

The researchers will try to answer a number of questions concerning wreckwhich rests at a depth of 19 metres at the mouth of Bays of Ajaccio. And it has to be said that the surveyed position of Sanguinaires C is extremely interesting. 3D photogrammetric model of a sailing shipwreck

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As a result of the work so far, archaeologists have determined that Sanguinaires C, is the wreck of a 16th century merchant sailing vessel. The researchers described the type of ship as a “northern European” vessel, but their curiosity is aroused by the cargo. The objects found during earlier work come from Genoa.

The work on the Sanguinaires C site is being carried out by archaeologists from the Association for Underwater Archaeological Research(ARASM) and the Department of Underwater and Underwater Archaeological Research, Department of National Competence of the Ministry(DRASSM).The French Navy, which has joined the researchers as part of a long-term research programme, will additionally lend its support to the archaeologists.

Ceramics recovered from the wreck of the Sanguinaires C Wreck of a 16th century sailing ship Sanguinaires C was discovered by archaeologists in 2005. Researchers see the remains of the 16th-century unit as a unique discovery. During the work so far, the divers have already collected many interesting artefacts and made partial documentation of the wreck. Thanks to the photographs taken, the specialists created, among other things, photogrammetric 3D models.

Interestingly, the entire wreck is covered by a large stone mound 18m long, 12m wide and 2.80m high. The research so far has established that the ship is the remains of a solid oak vessel. The sailing ship was carrying a cargo of dolomite limestone, a set of Pisan and Ligurian pottery from the early 16th century.

Archaeologist working on the wreck of a 16th century sailing ship This year’s works archaeologists They started on 20 September and will continue until 16 October. With a lot of support, the researchers hope to make their activities much more effective. The main objective is removal of stone layerto safely access the covered part of the wreck. The archaeologists also intend to carry out further photogrammetric models.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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