Tartane discovery in French Riviera

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Discovery earlier this year by a member of the association AREVPAM, located the wreckage in the Golfe of Giens (South of France, Hyères, french Riviera) rests in 10 meters deep on sandy bottom.
The shipwreck, probably a Tartane  was a small ship used both as a fishing ship and for coastal trading in the Mediterranean sea. This type of ship disappeared into the twentieth century following the advent of road and rail. A Tartaneor or Tartan had a single mast on which was rigged a large lateen sail.
 
In May, members of the association AREVPAM have established an archaeological expertise on the ship, or at least what remains of the wreckage after his shipwreck and marine erosion.
The wreck is scattered, its cargo, as its structure, has virtually disappeared. Few fragments of pottery decorated flower show a part of the cargo. These ceramic-Davenport from England for part of them-were produced in 1856 as evidenced by a trademark.
 
England floods in the late eighteenth century France to its goods. The discovery of a toothbrush records life on board, and humanizes and assorted leftovers of a boat.
The reasons for the sinking are unknown, alas, the boat seems to you it was a lightship (empty) or its cargo has been bailed.
 
This wreck is a new opportunity to enrich our educational program we have established with some schools in to enhance our heritage.
 
Nicolas Ponzone & Lénaïc Riaudel
AREVPAM (Association for Research and Study of Mediterranean heritage)
www.arevpam.org 


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