An Attempted Reconstruction of the Marsala Punic Ship

By Paul Adam, published February 1977


The article essays an attempt at calculating the hull shape of the 235BC Marsala ship.  To avoid excessive manual calculations, not all the archaeological material was used.   The starting point was the broadening of the hull planks as they run forward, significantly less so than on Viking ships. This makes the stern rise more slowly.  The tenons that attach the garboard strake to the rabbets of the keel are at a constant angle, not flat, so the hull had long narrow lines, and was not flat-bottomed.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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