Jules Verne 9

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When: second half of the 6th century BC.

Where: Marseille, in the Place Jules Verne

Origin: Greek

Was found by the archaeologist Mme A. Hesnard during the excavation of part of the zone of the old Greek harbour, carried out by the Service Regional de l’Archeologie, in 1992 and 1993.1

Construction Features


This boat was around 8 m long, probably a fishing boat. Fragments of coral were found in its bottom. Was preserved in an area of around 5 m long and 1.5 m wide. It corresponds to the extremity and the midship of the boat.


One single frame was found in place. The impressions of the other frames were very obvious though. The frames had identical sections to the ones found in the Bon-Porte I and Gela wrecks, with round upper surfaces and notched bases.


The keel was 6.8 cm sided and 7 cm molded and had a scarf ‘en trait de Jupiter’, locked by a vertical tenon horizontally pegged.


The planking was 2.7 cm thick and the width of the planks varied between 15 and 20 cm.


The dowels were Ø 1 cm // 20,5 cm. No dimensions of the pegs are given. A layer of tar was given over the seams, from the interior side. Still had some of the vegetal ligatures in place.


1. Pomey, Patrice, Les Épaves Grecques et Romaines de la Place Jules Verne a Marseille. In ‘Comptes Rendus des Séances de l’Année 1995' (Avril-Juin). Academie des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres, Paris, 1995.

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