The 19th-Century Akko Tower Shipwreck, Israel: Final Report

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The Akko Tower shipwreck was found in 4.4 m of water, 35 m north of the Tower of Flies at the entrance to Akko harbour, on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The hull remains were covered by a significant amount of stones, apparently used as ballast. It seems to have been a 25-m long merchantman, constructed in the mid-1850s using timber from forests along the southern Black Sea coast. This shipwreck is evidence for the continued use of Akko harbour, even after the heavy damage following the 1840 bombardment of the town.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Akko
  • Mediterranean
  • Ottoman Period
  • ballast stones
  • ship construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Paleontology


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