In 1986 the hull of a fishing boat old enough to have been on the water in the time of Jesus and his disciples was discovered by two local fisherman brothers in the Sea of Galilee. The remains of the “Jesus Boat” were found in the muddy lake bed during a time of severe drought. The remains were 27 feet long, 7.5 feet wide and 4.3 feet high, a size large enough to carry up to 15 people.
Boats like the one discovered are mentioned more than 50 times in the Gospel accounts, but there is no evidence to link this particular boat to Jesus or his disciples. Though radio carbon dating has established that it began life as a fishing vessel between the years 120 BC and AD 40, a period that certainly could encompass the time that Jesus spent on the Sea of Galilee.
Extracting and conserving the boat’s waterlogged timbers took 11 years. In 2000 the “The Ancient Galilee Boat” went on permanent display in the Yigal Allon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, near where it was discovered.