Details of 20 shipwrecks around Colombo uncovered

The Galle Maritime Archeology Unit has uncovered details about 20 shipwrecks in the seas around Colombo, the Ministry of Education said yesterday issuing a press release.

Some of these wrecks are over 100 years and the seas off the coast from Colombo towards Galle are also an important ecologically.

"There are a number of reefs and strong currents in this area and a Royal mail ship named RMS Rangoon, which sank off the coast of Galle, in 1871 is buried 30 metres from the surface," Kalpa Gunaratne the Media Secretary of the Ministry said.

Most of the wrecks are buried in at least 25 metres depth. In recent years new technology was infused into maritime archeology, which is a special area of interest of the Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

In the coming months the Maritime Archeology Unit will explore the sea floor near the Unawatuna tourist zone, the small sunken vessels in the area and test the sunken ship Iron Wresck 2.

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