The Roman Galleys in the Lake of Nemi

By Lieutenant Commander G C Speziale, Royal Italian Navy, published November 1929


The remains of two large, ornamental Roman galleys sunk in lake Nemi close to Rome have been known about for centuries and earlier attempts to salvage them have caused much damage to the wrecks. Following a survey in 1895 it was decided that only by lowering the height of the water in the lake by 25m would the remains become accessible. This process did begin in 1928 and, at the time of writing, the wrecks had become visible but the lowering was not quite complete. The article describes those features that have emerged from the lakes.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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