A 15th-Century Wreck of an Ordnance-Carrying Ship from Atlit North Bay, Israel

E. Galili, B. Rosen

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    Abstract

    In 1977, a shipwreck assemblage was discovered off Atlit, Israel. Finds included three iron anchors, a large bombard, four swivel guns, stone and lead shot, and bronze helmets. The bronze bombard (2210kg, 3.247m long) contained a wooden wad and remnants of what may have been gunpowder. The swivel guns (each 185kg) were bronze, with swivels and the tillers of iron. Twenty (or 21) bronze helmets were recovered. The findings provide rare evidence for the mounting of heavy ordnance on the bow of a galley or ship in the 15th century.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-127
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
    Volume43
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2014

    Keywords

    • Bombard
    • Carmel coast
    • Iron anchors
    • Mamluk
    • Ottoman
    • Shipwreck

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oceanography
    • History
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology

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