The Sadana Island Shipwreck is an 18th century Ottoman porcelain carrier that was discovered in 1994 near Sadana Island c. 40km south of Hurghada along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. The wreck lies at the bottom of the reef at a depth of 30m – 48m. Between 1995 and 1998 the site was partially excavated by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology – Egypt (INA-Egypt). Hundreds of artefacts were excavated and transported to the Conservation Laboratory in Alexandria. At present several artefacts are on display at the Suez Museum and at the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo.
The Sadana ship proved to be of a unique structure and one of only three ships of the same type that were discovered in the Red Sea. It was used for transporting Chinese porcelains, Arabian earthenware and many other products across the Red Sea to Suez and from there cargo would have been distributed all over the Ottoman Empire. Despite the excavation project that was carried out in the nineties, the object that was least studied was the wreck itself. The surveying techniques at that time and the depth of the sites prevented the development of good plans of the wreck. Alongside this, despite raising hundreds of artefacts from the site, thousands were left underwater covered by sand bags, however, these were subject to looting by sport divers. This project aims to carry out an assessment of the site and the condition of the wreck itself and to develop a general plan of the site and the wreck using photogrammetry techniques. It also aims to develop a management plan for the site in collaboration with the local diving centres operating in the region.