Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Two Current Bits of Nautical Archaeology

Mars was the largest ship in the world in its day. It exploded and sank during a battle in 1564.
Swedish warship Mars

A couple of quick marine achaeology links:

Recent news about the discovery of the remarkably intact 16th-century three-masted Swedish warship Mars. Not within our definition of "indigenous boats," but fascinating nonetheless (if you ignore the ludicrous "cursed warship" in the headline of the National Geographic article). 

Reader and contributor Edwin Deady sent me this link for a free online course in marine archaeology, offered by the University of Southampton. It starts in October and, according to the description, it does address non-European examples and topics.


  1. Have you seen the 'Lord of the isles voyage' by Wallace Clark? It was a remake of a 10th century hebridean galley that would have sailed/rowed the west coast of Ireland and Scotland

  2. Like the Mars, Lord of the Isles doesn't quite fit our definition of "indigenous boats," but it's a beautiful vessel and an impressive achievement nonetheless.

    1. Oh OK, I was on both the Sindbad and Jason Voyage plus Lord of the Isles. We've just come back from the Republic of Georgia from a 30 year reunion. All Great fun - Peter Dobbs

  3. Just seen this! If you talk about the reunion it was all great fun. The Georgian government paid for the whole thing including flights. 10 of the old 'Argo' crew including Tim Severin. It was great to see old comrades after such a long gap. Some serious conference stuff but also a great deal of partying which the Georgians are very good at. Peter