Caesarea (ca. 46)

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This was one of the most heavily structured Roman hulls yet documented. It was excavated and recorded in the harbor of Caesarea Maritima, Israel, about 60 m from shore. There was no cargo; dating relied solely on its construction, fittings, and the origin of Caesarea harbor in AD 22. Although at least 16 strakes and 45 frames survived in part of the bottom on one side, probably only 5 to 10 percent of the original hull was represented. Site distribution suggested a hull of at least 34 m in length. Unfortunately, none of the central timbers or topside construction survived.1


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

2. Fitzgerald, M., “A Roman Wreck at Caesarea Maritima, Israel. A Comparative Study of its Hull and Equipment, Ph.D. dissertation, Texas A&M University, (1995).

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