Jules Verne 7 (ca. 510 BCE)

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When: late 6th century BC.

Where: Found in Marseille close to the Jules Verne IX .

Origin: Greek

This ship was around 15 m long with a round hull. Around 14 x 4 m were preserved. A total of nine vessels were excavated from this part of Marseilles harbor. These were the most interesting structurally, although the other seven are also being studied. It is very similar to the Jules Verne IX.

Construction Features


The keel is preserved in an extension of 10.70 m with a constant section 10 cm sided and 11 cm molded. It was made of two pieces joined by a scarf ‘en trait de Jupiter’. The stem and stern posts were linked by the same method. Rabets were opened in the last 1.5 m to both extremes. There were no rabbets in the center. Only in the. The stem and stern posts were lost. The shape of the frames allows a fair reconstruction of its lines, bow and stern.


The frames had similar sections to the ones of the Bon-Porte I ship and were lashed to the hull (the ‘couples de renvers’ were lashed at their feet and fixed with treenails to the top). The frames had sections similar to the ones of the Bon-Porte I, Gela and Jules Verne IX wrecks, but were nailed, with the nails clenched like in the Gela wreck. The frames were spaced 90 cm and had similar sections to the Jules Verne IX. There were construction marks, arrows carved at the level of the 8th strake, indicating the place of each frame.


The planking was 2.5 to 3 cm thick and 14 to 28 cm wide.


The hull’s planks were assembled by the mortise-and-tenon system. Only the bow and stern planks (as well as the repaired ones) were sewn. The hull was assembled both through mortise-and-tenon (keel, hull, wales) and lashes (at the parts of the keel where existed rabbets, to the stem and stern posts and spread allover the hull, in small repairs). The tenons are 3 x 14 cm and are spaced around 20 cm.

 J.V. 7 is a mortise-and-tenon joined hull.1


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

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