Danny Syon

A splash of sunshine at the water’s surface (at top in the photo) provides the first light to be thrown on the Ma’agan Micha’el ship’s hull in 2,400 years. The preserved portion of the hull, which is made almost completely of pine, measures 37 feet long and 13 feet wide. Two divers, one barely visible on the far side of the hull, work to uncover the shipwreck. They each deploy long pleated tubes, which dredge loose sand and debris from the wreckage. The sandbags placed around the hull prevent sand from seeping into the vessel; the excavation utilized 1,350 sandbags in all.