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stepping stones of maritime history

History

Description

It is a large iron wreck situated in north central part of the Galle harbour close to the existing channel. It was discovered during the 1992-1993 season of the Galle harbour project. (Green, J., Devendra, S. 1993). The main explorations and observations were done after 1992. We got more information from the reports done under the Galle harbour project. Later it was identified probably as the Phatti Allum, which struck on rocks west of Gibbet Island and was beached in the Bay between 1870 and 1873. (JPC, 2000, Final report of the urgent development of the port of Galle.) Site A is spread over 80 m in length and 30 m width. It lies in a NE-SW direction (bearing 3200 N) Its true value is the wide variety of artefacts conveyed here may be by currents. So far, artefacts ranging from 13th century Chinese bowls to 19th century clay pipes have been discovered in large quantities.
Lots of fishes are roaming through the iron parts, we noticed few lion fishes. The major attraction of this site is the large accretion of artefacts that is incompatible with the history of the shipwreck. These artefacts range from 13th century Chinese bowls to modern times. Within few dives we found lot of pottery parts, beardman jar parts, green glass bottle parts and coil of rope.

Description

Location

Located in the North central harbor close to the existing channel. It lies in a NE-SW direction ( bearing 3200 N ) 100 meters from the shore (Galle-Matara Road).

East Indiaman

Roman structures