“Ayas” Nautical Research Club was founded in 1985. The range of its activities is quite wide, including historical aspects of World and Armenian navigation and shipbuilding, reconstruction of ancient Armenian vessels, study of sea routes, old maps, navigation devices, banners, collecting data on Armenian navigators, making underwater archaeological surveys and research.

Since 1985 the Club has organized 15 exhibitions and has carried out several surveys on Armenian navigation. 26 different types of vessels (rafts, leather boats, log-boats, boats and ships) used in historical Armenia, were restored and reconstructed.

Members of the Club permanently participate in international conferences on underwater archaeology and nautical history and have published a number of articles.

The Club has established connections with similar organizations worldwide and is the member of International Society for Nautical Research, International Commission of Maritime History, Armenian Geographic Society.

The actual members of the Club

Club members

  • Karen Balayan
  • Hmayak Tarakhchyan
  • Armen Ghazaryan
  • Tigran Alayan
  • Karen Danielyan
  • Aramazd Babayan
  • Ara Tamanyan
  • Gagik Margaryan
  • Gagik Iloyan
  • Koryun Tarakhchyan
  • Leonid Sazhinyan
  • Sergey Kadilov
  • Vahe Vardanmyan
  • Aram Salatyan
  • Ashot Khachatryan
  • Armen Yesajan
  • Hovhannes Ohanyan
  • Hayk Salatyan
  • Hayk Sadoyan
  • Alexadadr Margaryan
  • Levon Abrahamyan
  • Mamikon Hakobyan
  • Ruben Jebeyan
  • Ruben Karapetyan
  • A. Reza Shams