Mysterious Shipwreck Discovered off Island in Greece


| LAST UPDATE 08/01/2022

By Hayden Katz
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A mysterious shipwreck was found by Greek divers who were exploring the Kynthos Island in the Aegean. Based on the information they have gathered, experts believe that the ship sank to the bottom of the water after an explosion occurred on its bow. Here's what they know so far about the strange vessel.

Not much information is known about where the vessel came from, and there are still no signs regarding what date the ship sank or how long it has been underwater. But, according to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) researcher, Kostas Thoktaridis revealed that the wreck was first discovered by divers at a depth of 110 meters down. He also told the news agency that the stern of the ship was collapsed. The bow was seen facing north, and because it was destroyed, debris from it was spread out all over - they even found it some 30 meters from the stern. Thoktaridis said that there were also metal parts from the ship, and the deck was catapulted from the shipwreck. Based on the damage the ship shows, the researcher believed that the sinking occurred very fast. 

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After the initial discovery, a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) was sent to do more investigating. The vehicle gave more information surrounding the ship's size, which was estimated to be nearly 40 meters, and the profile height was determined to be roughly 3 meters high. Even more, the ROV helped researchers learn that the frame lines were spaced very close to one another. "The general picture and the wreck's unique construction – with no ship holds – indicates a very old ship, possibly a warship," Thoktaridis told AMNA. He has high hopes that eventually, historical research will help him identify the ship. 

This isn't the first time that Thoktaridiis and his team have stumbled upon a mysterious shipwreck. Earlier this year, he and the rest of the divers discovered a shipwreck in the waters off Cape Sounion, Greece. Apparently, this ship, which was identified as the Italian freighter "Taormina," had been there since 1891. "It is one of the rarest shipwrecks," Thoktaridis told AMNA. "It seems almost unbelievable, how well the mast has been preserved," he added. Stay tuned while this story develops.

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