The Roman Ship
The wreck of the Roman ship of Albenga is the most famous of all those discovered so far in the western Mediterranean, because on it have been made, since 1950, the first works of recovery of amphorae with the intervention of the ship "Artiglio", and the first systematic surveys of the remains of a Roman cargo ship, intended for the transport of goods. It is found a mile from the coast, at a depth of 42 meters, in front of Albenga.
It has been the subject of thirteen underwater excavation campaigns that have allowed to gradually document the elements of the load and the construction characteristics of the hull. It has also been ascertained that this is the largest Roman transport vessel known to date in the Mediterranean, with a load exceeding 10,000 amphorae, and therefore with a net capacity of 450/500 tons. The amphorae contained wine from Campania destined for the markets of southern France and Spain. Along with wine, black-glazed ceramics and other types of pottery were exported.