Three "new" shipwrecks give insight into the evolution of maritime technology

Three shipwrecks have been found in the Mediterranean Sea dating from 1400 to 1600. One is probably a large English merchant ship and the other two are small and probably of local origin.

The shipwrecks were found near each other but are not believed to be related.

The ships date to a period where sail was replacing oars as the preferred method of propulsion. All three ships were armed. [photo]