Kyrenia Wreck, Cyprus

Built - c 325 - 315 BC
Sunkc 295 - 285 BC
Depth - 27-30 m (89-99 ft)
Found by - Andreas Cariolou
Excavation - 1968 - 1969
Conservation - 1969 - 1974
Team - 54 (international)
Total cost - $300 000
Hull - 14 m (47 ft) long, 4.2 m (14.5 ft) wide 

"It all began in the autumn of 1965. Town councilman Andreas Cariolou, diving for sponges, chanced upon a mound of 80 graceful amphoras emerging from a carpet of eel grass on the flat seabed less than a mile for Kyrenia, his home on the north coast of Cyprus. For two years he kept his secret until meeting my husband Michael Katzev and me and guiding us over the wreck. In the most dramatic dive of our lives we were alone with the ancient jars, now homes for darting squirrelfish, untouched by man for 2,300 years.

Two summers of excavation peeled away layers of cargo, dining wares, tools, ship's rigging, and even four bone eyelets from a sailor's sandals. Cradling them like open hands was the still curving ship that had borne them from foreign ports and at last took them to the sea floor. Sixty percent of the ship and more than 75 percent of her representative timbers lay exposed..."
- Susan Womer Katzev


Katzev, Susan Womer. "Resurrecting an Ancient Greek Ship: Kyrenia, Cyprus," in "Beneath the Seven Seas," edited by George F. Bass, pp. 72-79. New York and London, 2005.

Additional Resources

Kyrenia Shipwreck Museum

"The Man Who Thought Like a Ship" by Houston Chronicle columnist, Loren Steffy, published by TAMU Press.