A 19th century warship found in the Sea of ​​Azov

A 19th century warship found in the Sea of ​​Azov

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The ship, detected in the Kerch Strait, possibly participated in the Crimean War as part of a combined fleet of France and the United Kingdom.

The remains of a wooden ship were found by archaeologists from Sevastopol State University about 200 meters from the eastern shore of the Kerch Strait, which connects the Sea of ​​Azov with the Black Sea.

Already during the first dive, the master's student Sergey Rodionov, who first sighted the shipwreck, was able to identify the mast and the remains of the side of the ship, which was later dated to the 19th century. Although the ship is built of wood, its sides were coated with brass, which suggests that it is a military ship, details a statement from the university.

In a comment to the local channel Millet, another participant in the expedition, Alexander Shamrái, pointed out that the ship was possibly destroyed during the Crimean War (1853-1856), in which Russia was defending itself from a coalition formed by the United Kingdom, France, Sardinia and the Ottoman Empire.

"The combined Anglo-French fleet fought here in 1855. Most likely this is one of the ships that was approaching this coastline to bombard the coastal territory," said the researcher.

For his part, the historian Víktor Vajoneyev explained that the find is the result of extensive work in order to locate Korokondam, a settlement that was part of the kingdom of Bosphorus (from the 5th century BC to the 4th AD). and that it would have been submerged in the sea already in antiquity.

“We have an expedition planned to find the ancient flooded city of Korokondam, which no one has been able to find for about 200 years. We dug wells every 50 meters, trying to identify traces and remains of the cultural stratum, ”said Vajoneyev.

The wreckage of the ship is expected to be examined, but will remain at the site.

"In the next few days we will carry out a detailed photo and video recording, and if the meteorology and the transparency of the water allow it, we will make a digital model of the shipwreck using the method of photogrammetry," said Rodiónov.

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