CARGO OF A SUNKEN SHIP FROM THE 16TH CENTURY is an unique collection in the Adriatic. Over 10 000 items from a 16th century sunken Venetian ship is being kept there. A Venetian merchant ship sunk in 1583 in the Pašman Canal, near the island of Gnalić, near Biograd. For almost four centuries, priceless treasures were hidden at the bottom of the sea. A few Murter fisherman discovered it by accident in 1967.
Since then, numerous hydro-archeological excavations have been conducted which yielded a multitude of objects of inestimable value. Two big anchors, nine bronze cannons, several cannonballs, copper and pewter vessels from the ship’s kitchen are just some of the numerous discovered items from the inventory and ship’s equipment.
A large number of high-end merchant products were found, amongst which glass luxury items were of particular interest. According to the manufacturing quality, it was concluded that the glass originated from Murano Venetian manufactures.
The second largest find were the beautiful candlesticks. Unlike the glass products, the candlesticks were made in the North of Europe, probably Lubenk. A large sized iron chest is possibly the most interesting item recovered from the sunken ship. A number of textile items were found within the chest. All the textile items were cleaned and are being conserved in a private foundation AVVEGO in Riggesburg near Bern. Three types of ceramic items were found: simple kitchenware, painted majolica ceramics and engraved ceramics.
A large number of everyday use items were recovered from the merchant ship: thimbles, sewing needles, pins, razors, glasses, scissors, various types of bells, two precision scales, etc.
Some of the recovered items, about 950 of them, are on display in a permanent museum exhibition at the Heritage Museum Biograd, in the «Cargo of a sunken ship from the XVI. century« collection. The collection was established in1970 and additions to the permanent exhibitions were constantly made, due to the arrival of restored items from conservation.