More about the Ships and the history of Pisa

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past
(Victor Hugo)

From the Official Website

The history of maritime Pisa in the Etruscan period…

"In the southernmost area of the site (Southern Extension), which by the end of the 1st century BC was completely buried, several port structures were unearthed. These were found to date back to the time of the Etruscans. One of the structures found on the riverbank evidently served for the mooring of vessels, and can be attributed to the middle of the Etruscan period. It is in this period that we can in fact place the first of such constructions specifically designed for docking, and a continuous succession of landings was probably typical of life along the river in much the same way as in the Pisa dockyards today."

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The history of maritime Pisa in the Roman era…

"At the levels relative to the basin in Roman times, vast quantities of ceramics, amphorae and all kinds of archaeological material linked with both daily life and the port traffic at the time were found. Among the discoveries were ropes, rigging, fishing equipment, equipment for negotiating the canals, anchors made from stone, wood and iron, baskets and fishing pots. Such items had either been carried as cargo or formed part of the equipment of the ships themselves which frequented the Pisa city port, and for one reason or another had sunk to the bottom of the harbour."

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The Museum of the ancient ships of Pisa…

"The accord of 18 April 2002 with the Presidency of the Council, authorised that the Arsenali Medicei (Arsenal of the Medicis) be designated the home for the Navigation Museum. This important monument, which may be defined as an example of industrial architecture ante litteram, was designed for boat-building and in fact faces onto the river. It lies at the edge of the historic centre and yet perfectly blends into the surroundings. As the home of the Navigation Museum it therefore cannot be bettered. The spacious sheds enable even the largest of the ships to be exhibited, while at the same time the way in which the sheds are subdivided seems tailor-made to offer the most appropriate way in which to display the even the smallest of the treasures to their maximum effect."

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"The fact that so many shipwrecks were found (almost nineteen to date, but only nine of which are currently being excavated) strongly suggests a series of highly adverse events, probably numerous hefty waves which battered the coast over several centuries."

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Books about the Ancient Ships of Pisa

The Lost Ships of Pisa
Michael Sedge
ibooks, 2002