Divers can now Explore Wreckages of Sunken Ships in Greek Waters

Greece opens up its doors to diving enthusiasts all over the world to explore its archaic shipwreck wonders, marking a historic first for the county as these venues are previously closed for public exploration.

Underwater Wreckages Previously Restricted

Greece is a well-known wonderland for diving enthusiasts and archaeologists alike as its seas are home to some of the worlds’ most remarkable and archaic shipwrecks there is to explore. But its underwater sceneries are forbidden for casual drivers to search and visit for as long as anyone could remember. They have totally remained untouched for centuries.

Strict measures are in place to protect the thousands of artifacts and antiquities that are freely scattered throughout the country’s seafloor, which only a few commissioned archaeologists are allowed to explore. In fact, only in 2005 did the government lift the nationwide ban on scuba diving activities.

Now the country is rolling out a program to allow diving enthusiasts around the world to visit its numerous shipwrecks, starting with the remains of probably the biggest shipwreck there is in its antique laden seabed, the Peristera.  

Peristera Shipwreck, the biggest ship of its generation

The remnants of the Peristera was revealed to the world in the early years of the 90s. It was a massive specimen of a wreckage and is supposed to be the biggest ship of its generation. It was believed to date back as early as the fifth century B.C. Located 1.5 miles off Alonissos Island, the wreckage’s discovery has major implications on how archaeologists understand the way shipbuilding is undertaken during ancient times.

The shell of the ship itself have since rotted and deteriorated away, but the fascinating finds that divers could see there are the thousands of antique artifacts called amphoras, a vase-like vessel, scattered throughout the ship. A lot of the vases are still intact, seemingly withstanding the test of time, and are suspected to contain wine.

The reason why the ship sank is yet to be ascertained by experts. Although there are signs of an occurrence of fire somewhere on the ship’s remains, it is not enough to conclusively say it is the reason for the ship’s demise.