An Ancient Roman Yacht

By Conte Piero Gargallo di Castel Lentini, published November 1972


Investigation of a wreck south of Sicily suggests that it could have been used by a prominent individual in Roman times as a yacht. The wreck had been discovered a dozen or more years earlier than this recent investigation and had been either disturbed by fishermen or plundered by illegal hunters. However, remains of mosaics, various decorative items and pulleys with bronze –rather than the conventional hard wood– wheels are all evidence that the vessel was specially equipped and outfitted. Two photographs show bronze pulley wheels and a bronze decorative Satyr’s head.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

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