Date - 625/626 AD or slightly later
Excavation - 1961-4
Found by - Kemal Aras
Depth - 32 - 39 m (106 - 129 ft)
Hull - c 21 m (69 ft) long
Amphoras onboard ship - c 900
Number of dives - 3,533
Cost - $95,000

"I was a first-year doctoral student in Classical archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961 when fellow graduate student George Bass invited me to join him in the excavation of a 7th-century Byzantine shipwreck in Turkey.

The wreck, he said, lay on a slope 32 – 39 m (106 – 129 ft) deep off Yassıada, a small coastal island in the southeastern Aegean. It, like perhaps a dozen other ships of antiquity, was the victim of a treacherous reef that nears the surface about 125 m (400 ft) away from the island. Kemal Aras, a sponge diver from nearby Bodrum, then the sponging center of Turkey, had shown the wreck to Peter Throckmorton in 1958.

Although my previous diving experience was limited to a little snorkeling at Eniwetok in the Pacific, where I had been assigned in the US Army, I eagerly accepted George’s invitation.”
- Frederick van Doorninck


van Doorninck, Frederick. "The Ship of Georgios, Priest and Sea Captain: Yassıada, Turkey," in "Beneath the Seven Seas," edited by George F. Bass, pp. 92-99. New York and London, 2005. 


1961. Several divers preparing to enter the water from the barge. (slide# YA7-89) Photo: INA.

In order to raise a representative sample of the more than 800 amphoras on the shipwreck, large baskets and lifting balloons were employed. (slide# YA7-657 Photo: INA.