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Replica of 2500 year old Ma’agan Michael ship launched

Posted : 03 April 2017 05:34:23 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Replica of 2500 year old Ma’agan Michael ship launched

The Ma’agan Michael Ship is “going back” in the water: 2,500 years after the ship sank off the coast at Ma’agan Michael, north of Caesarea, and 30 years after the shipwreck was discovered and removed from the water, a replica of the vessel has been launched “back into the water”. The replica was built over the past two years, using exactly the same materials, working methods, and tools that were used 2,500 years ago.


The ancient Ma’agan Michael ship was discovered in 1985 by Ami Eshel, a member of Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, some 70 meters from the kibbutz. The ship was removed from the sea in 1988 in a project directed by Dr. Elisha Linder, one of the founders of the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa. Most of the ship had been covered in sand, helping to preserve it in a remarkable condition. The keel, numerous wooden plates, 14 crossbars, and the base of the mast were all preserved, offering researchers rare insights into the method used to construct the ship. In addition, the preserved tools found in the ship included the carpenter’s toolbox, a discovery that sparked the dream of building a replica using the same methods and tools used by the original shipwrights. In a complex procedure undertaken at the University of Haifa, a special preservative was inserted into the wooden base of the ship, which received its own display room at the university’s Hecht Museum.


Prof. Kahanov was a young research student when the ship was taken out of the water and two years ago, he finally began the work of building a replica, together with Avner Hilman of the Israel Antiquities Authority, for whom the use of the ancient working methods formed part of a doctorate thesis. Together with a team of volunteers, they began the work, most of which took place at the Naval Academy in Akko. This fulfilled the dream of the late Prof. Yaacov Kahanov of the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa who had hoped that one day a replica of the ship could be built.


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