Sunken ship comes to light in Lake Van

Sunken ship comes to light in Lake Van

Sunken ship comes to light in Lake Van


The remains of a ship that sank many years ago in Lake Van in eastern Turkey emerged on Feb. 17 as its water level recedes due to global warming.

The increasing effects of global warming are causing water level changes in the lake during certain periods, and as a result, a number of historic artifacts dating back to the Seljuk and Ottoman empires are coming to light.

Photography enthusiasts and locals have begun coming to the region to view and capture images of the vessel.

Mustafa Akkuş, a faculty member at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, told Anadolu Agency that some underwater structures have emerged with the changes in water levels.

He said three enormous ships were built by the Russians in the early 1900s, and one of them, known as Akdamar, was previously discovered in the lake. The latest ship that came to light also has similar characteristics to the Akdamar, said Akkuş.

“We see that the shape, construction and riveting technique is the same. Divers had the chance to view it underwater before.”