A Shipwreck in Miankaleh
Feb. 2005

In Feb. 2005 I visited the shipwreck found in the Caspian coast, near the Miankaleh peninsula, north of Iran. It seems that due to fluctuations in the level of the Caspian Sea in the last decade, the wreck has been exposed from under the coastal sand.

Given the type and the construction, this ship might well have been one of the ships of either Stepan Razin, the cossack who frequented these shores around 1650, or Peter the Great, who invaded Mazandaran in 1722.

Here are some pictures taken by my friend Amir-Hossein Mehdizadeh:

And these are pictures captured from a video footage by Dr. Katayoun Fayaz:

Vladislav Babkin, of Tiksi, Russia, kindly sent these, and other, pictures of old Russian merchant ships that were used in the Caspian sea.

General Caspian Region

Satellite Image of the Site

Two news items about the wreck: IranmaniaPayvand

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