During the recent explorations carried out by the Maritime Archaeology Unit of Galle (MAU), the archaeologists managed to locate another steam wreck in Pasikudha. With this discovery, the number of wrecks located in close proximity is 4. Three of these wrecks were located during the 2012 exploration. The new discovery was madelast August by the diving unit of the MAU.
All of these wrecks are situated off Pasikudha beach, which is a famous tourist destination.These wrecks are in shallow, clear water with easy access. This will enable us to attract more tourist divers in the future.
The shallow reef nearby is believed to be the main cause for the shipwrecks. All the wrecks belong to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All of them are ships built in Europe.
The archaeologists at MAU are trying to find the history of these ships from the National Archives and from other sources, in order to identify the wrecks and to know why and when were they sank.