Akko Tower (1799)

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This wreck has never been fully excavated or published, although a detailed site drawing, made in 1975, and a field school report, made in 1981, are on file in the offices of the Center for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel. The vessel appears to be of late18th-century English construction and the ballast found on the site has been identified as being common only to the Cornwall area in England. The wreck lies about 30 m northeast of the Tower of Flies at the entrance to Akko harbor and may have been deliberately sunk to block the harbor entrance during Napoleon’s siege of Akko in 1799. The outer planking surfaces were sheathed in zinc. 1

References

1. Richard Steffy, INA Shipdata Project, Texas A&M University.

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