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The Loading of all empty amhorae, the millstones or grainstones and sailing experiment

  

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Scientific Leaders of the Amphorae Project were Archaeologists  Suzan Katzev and Laina Swiny

A Rhodian Amphorae filled with water and tied up. Using nylon instead of animal leather. Mrs Lina Kassianidou . University of Cyprus Dept. of Archaeology, monitoring amphorae loading. One of our Commodores and Project leaders Mrs Laina Swiny discussing with Kostas Athanasiades loading probabilities.

Above: Kleanthis Moustakas on the Right of the picture and Marinos Sekkides on the left,   Loading a grain mill-stone constructed by crew member and Architect Panos Spyrides

 Below: Klenathis Moustakas, a prominent Crew Member from Kyrenia was the most important figure in the stevatoring and loading experiments (his replica cargo compartment on the right of the picture below) during the weekends 21st and 29th of October 2004 in the Limassol old Port. Kleanthis is the mastermind behind the succesful loading of 308 Rhodian amphorae. Kleanthis worked for over 60 hrs flat in order to discover ways to achieve what the ancients did. The results are under study  by scientists S.Katzev, L.Swiny and L.Kassianidou of the University of Cyprus.

 Agis Serghiou . Without Agis Nothing is actually moving!!!

Cyprus University Students (Dept.Archaeology) in action carrying the 14,7 kilo Amphorae was definetely not an easy task!!

 Kleanthis just completed loading  the first 50 amphorae

The amphorae are now almost over the gunwhale

 308 Amphorae are inside the cargo area. These are empty. Free board and other measurements are taken and carefully monitored.

The KERYNIA-LIBERTY is sailing probably on almost exactly the same cargo conditions as its ancient counterpart. Amphorae however are empty and loaded under extreme time constrains. Sailing ergonomics were  not negatively influenced.

With a wind of 3-5 knots she could sail at a speed of  1.8 Knots  On a broad reach with a 5-6 knots wind we could climb up to 1.9 - 2 knots of speed fully loaded with empty 308 Rhodian amphorae and 29 pieces of grain mill-stones.

From Left  : Front: Robin Piercy, Takis Neofytou (KCCF), Suzan Katzev (project leader), Kleanthis Moustakkas, Georgia Fanou (K-L crew), L ....  , Lia Georghiadou (KCCF), L ...  , Student U.C., Student U.C. , Mrs  L ..        , At the back: Philip Swiny, Laina Swiny (project leader), Glafkos Cariolou (K-L Capt.) Maro Cariolou (K-L crew) Student.U.C.

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