Site-E (the unknown wooden wreck)

Beginning of the archaeological surveys in Galle harbour this site was found and named as Site E, but the original name of the ship is still unknown. Also it was called as the bottle wreck due to the 18th century glass bottles and clay pipes found from the site often. Site E is located very near to the Northern edge of the Galle harbour. It is 120 meters east to the Avondster site and 92 meters to the beach. It is approximately 5 m in depth. Time to time the site was visited and some measurements and records were taken from 1992 to 2004 during the Galle harbour project and the Avondster project. It is obviously notified that the keel of the wreck can be see during the south-west monsoon period (from April to October each year).to evel subjecting to the decay. According to this the primary observations that the wreck site can be identified as a small European or American sailing vessel dating from no earlier than the second quarter of the nineteenth century (Green 1993:22).

More attention was paid in 2006 when further research commenced by the Maritime Archaeology Unit. The site was surveyed during 2007 and 2008. Because the site situated so close to the shore the work had to be stopped several times based on the bad visibility and high waves.

A highly concreted big iron chain and many copper nails were found during the survey. Apart from the main wreckage and the iron concretion some other remains were found 18 meters south-east to the site. Some more timber remains and lots of ballast stones were found from this area. Between these two remains, so far we didn’t find anything. Or the things between were berried with the sand. Due to the fragile conditions of the wooden part the main structure was covered and strengthens many times using the sand bags.
The trilateral measurements were taken from the aluminium poles fixed around the main site and the measurements were put in to the site recorder program. The main structure was plotted and drawn by using the computer program and the area with ballast stones was drawn manually.