Shipwreck at Kyrenia
The Shipwreck Museum, is housed in the Gothic halls of Kyrenia Castle. The Shipwreck Museum houses one of the most remarkable marine archaeological finds in the world.
Around 288BC, a trading vessel, laden with millstones and amphorae (large jars) of wine from Kos and Rhodes set sail for Cyprus. The ship was caught in a storm, and was wrecked outside Kyrenia harbour. The remains of the ship sat on the seabed covered in sand for 2300 years until discovered by a sponge diver in 1965. A team of marine archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania surveyed the site of the wreck, which measured sixty feet by thirty feet. During 1968 and 1969, the team brought the remains of both ship and cargo to the surface in pieces, a delicate operation to recover what was then the oldest discovered ship in the world. It would take another six years to reconstruct the wreck as it appears today. The ship itself was already around 80 years old when it sank, and had been repaired several times, including having a skin of lead applied to the outside to keep it watertight.