Wednesday, 19 June 2013
The amazing thing about the rams is that 4 of the ten show evidence of dramatic use in action.
Ram 3 shown here has evidence of heavy impact against another ship's heavy metal fittings i.e. ram.
That is 2 of 10 rams show damage from ram-ram impact.
Rams 2 and 6 had wood remains trapped in the rams fins - evidence for successful impacts on unprotected wooden hulls.
4 out of 10 ships (that ended their days on the seabed!) had direct evidence of aggressive combat. Quite a monument to the violence of an ancient naval battle. Also supporting the idea that in 241b.c. agile ramming tactics were still practiced rather than a universal slogging match at sea.
Read more at RPMNF website HERE.