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Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:59

ship 410px 15-01-14The Maritime Archeology Unit (MAU) in Galle has discovered the largest steamship wreck in the waters off Sri Lanka.

The MAU has discovered 17 shipwrecks in waters of the Eastern region.

According to investigation officer Rukshan Priyanandana, the largest steamship wreck - Sir John Jackson SS was wrecked on Brennus Shoal, Sri Lanka on Sep 26, 1908. She was on a voyage from Saigon to Bordeaux, France carrying a cargo of rice and maize.

The unit was initially alerted about the wreck by a regional diver named G. Yogaraja, he added.

The 109.7 x 14.6 x 6.1 m dimension cargo ship weighed 4231 tonnes was built by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howdon-On-Tyne.

It was owned by Westminster Shipping Co. Ltd.

Another wreck has also been found near the Sir John Jackson SS at Brennus Shoal, Rukshan said.

Teeming with marine life, the Brennus Shoal is a wonderful shipwreck site and offers much to diving enthusiasts, Rukshan added.

(Source & pics : Dinamina)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:59