The discovery of the first wreck of Isola Rossa, by Diego Crippa

Although it is certainly a difficult and widely debated subject, underwater archeology still represents an element of charm and wonder that will never cease to amaze us in front of the extreme beauty of historical memory confined to the abyss and sometimes, ouch us, still not widely protected for the benefit of the cultural heritage, the new generations and the principle of real progress which, very probably, humanity still deeply needs.


Diego Crippa, highly experienced diving instructor with undisputed innovative and communication skills, is the discoverer of three underwater wrecks located near Isola Rossa, in Sardinia. In this article we will talk about the first wreck discovered by Diego Crippa. Isola Rossa is located next to a wild coast, full of inlets and pinnacles that emerge from the depths of a sea widely exposed to the North West. The discovery dates to more than 10 years ago and takes the name of "The six anchors" as Diego Crippa found himself in front of what we could define as a unique archaeological site, consisting of six anchors from the time of Christ moored. on depths about 30 meters deep and from its ancient wooden wreck. The specific position of each of the six anchors refers to a plausible course of events that, in this article, we have the pleasure to tell.


Most likely that day dating back to the years of Christ, the Oneraria ship carrying its cargo and those large anchors with a stem of about 2 meters, was sailing on the route that went from Rome to the Balearic Islands, passing through the Strait of Bonifacio. A tremendous storm hit the ship and its crew who were victims of what today we could define as a historic shipwreck.


In a vain attempt to save the ship, the captain of that ill-fated Oneraria ordered each of the six anchors discovered by Diego Crippa to be launched more than two thousand years later.

But let's proceed in order.


Photo Anchor A - the first still launched from the ship, completely sandblasted, shaft towards N.O.


That Captain ordered to cast the anchors (iron anchors - "T" shape - years of Christ) in the order that we report below in line with the reconstruction by Diego Crippa.


This finding, therefore, can be considered of considerable historical importance as it is still capable of recounting the circumstances of the shipwreck and a relevant piece of the history of ancient navigation. A poem written by the poet Annarita Borrelli was dedicated in memory of these sailors. Many of you will be wondering where the wreck lies. Here is the answer: the wreck lies in the sand, with its ancient cargo, not yet described because it is being studied. The images are currently being analyzed following an archaeological and environmental report referring not only to the submerged wreck but also to the presence of a sewer drain and invasive constructions near the site.

For more information, see the link to the story: https://youtu.be/pANIWJPGyRI


Clearly all of us hope that this site can be properly protected as soon as possible.



by Diego Crippa and Annarita Borrelli


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