Revisiting the Serçe Limanı Sail Plan

Nathan Helfman, Josef Rott, Deborah Cvikel

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The reconstruction of the Serçe Limanı ship proposed a double-masted rig consisting of two sails with a total combined area of 100 m2. That proposal considered provenance evidence and appraised hydrodynamic and hydrostatic conditions. The current paper proposes an alternative rig consisting of a single sail. By applying computational fluid analysis and hydrostatic stability software to evaluate hull resistance, sail propulsion, and heeling moments, it has been demonstrated that a sail of no less than 150 m2 was suited to propel the Serçe Limanı. One of the two suitable alternative sails tested has been selected.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number937
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2024


  • computational fluid dynamics
  • hydrostatic stability testing
  • sail plan
  • Serçe Limanı shipwreck

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering

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