In the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Kythnos, a group of divers has found a mysterious shipwreck with explosion marks.
Greek researcher and wreck finder Kostas Thoktaridis and his team have found another unknown shipwreck. The divers located the mysterious vessel in the southwestern Aegean Sea, near the Cyclades.
At the moment, little is known about the wreck. So far, the vessel has not been identified, nor has it been possible to determine the date of its sinking. However, visual inspection of the wreck has allowed investigators to determine that the ship sank as a result of an explosion that occurred at the bow. Thus, it is very possible that the ship ran into a mine.
The unknown wreck, which was found in the Cyclades Islands near the Greek island of Kythnos, rests at a depth of 110 meters. Such significant depth makes it very challenging for a diving team to explore the wreck. Therefore, the Greeks did not fail to take advantage of available technological advances and explored the wreck using an ROV.
In doing so, the searchers gathered video documentation that made it possible, among other things, to determine that the stern was also destroyed. While the ship’s bow was destroyed by a powerful explosion, the stern most likely simply collapsed.
The bow of the vessel faces north, and we found widely scattered debris thirty meters from the stern. Metal parts of the ship and deck were blown off the wreck. Such extensive damage indicates that the ship sank rather quickly – Kostas Thoktaridis said.
The researchers also determined that the wreck they found measures about 40 meters in length and has several distinctive structural features. Perhaps in the near future it is thanks to them that the Greeks will establish the identity of the mysterious wreck.
The overall image and unique design of the wreck – the lack of cargo holds – indicates a very old ship, perhaps a warship. We hope that further historical research will help identify it – Thoktaridis added.
A wreck near the Cyclades is another discovery by a team led by Kostas Thoktaridis. The researchers are successfully combing the waters of Greece, uncovering unknown pages of history and finding and identifying historical wrecks.
Without a doubt, the area around England’s Dover is famous for the shipwrecks sunk there. One of those worth exploring is without a doubt the Mindoro shipwreck. You can read more about it in Stefan Panis’ article, which we published in the 20th issue. DIVERS24 quarterly! The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge, while you can purchase the printed version in our online store.
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