Punic Ship Museum, Marsala: its Presentation and Some Structural Observations

By Honor Frost, published February 1981


Remarkably preserved Phoenician warship which is believed to have been sunk in 397BC just after its builder’s had completed it. A Greek raiding party destroyed the town of Marsala on the edge of a lagoon, along with vessels. The lagoon then silted up and preserved the stern and port side, initially complete with its builder’s instructions still visible to one side. It has therefore been possible to insert accurate reconstructions for missing parts including the ram bow by Vito Bonanno. The lines are also discussed and reproduced.

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

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