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 the first works to recover amphorae with the intervention of the ship "Artiglio" have been carried out on it since 1950, and the first systematic surveys of the remains of a Roman cargo ship, intended for the transport of goods. It is found one mile from the coast, at a depth of 42 meters, in front of Albenga.
It has been the subject of thirteen underwater excavation campaigns which have made it possible to gradually document the elements of the load and the constructive characteristics of the hull. It has also been ascertained that it is the largest Roman transport ship 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-painted pottery and other types of pottery were exported.