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December 9th, 2011


“AYAS” Nautical Research Club



After “AYAS” Nautical Research Club 30th Anniversary

Yerevan, 21 – 24 October, 2015

1. The Purpose

The purpose of this project is the organization of scientific conference. Conference follows history investigations, experimental history, archeology, seafaring, shipbuilding, ethnography, cultural interactions, development of traditions, recognition of myth historic reliability and the issues referring to the history and culture.
2. General Situation

“AYAS” Nautical Research Club was founded in 1985, in Yerevan.

The range of the Club’s activities is quite wide and include 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.

The Club collected around two thousand historically engaging subjects, recovered 26 ship versions of Great Armenia. All this allowed the Club to arrange 15 thematic exhibitions that had great enthusiastic impact.

Initially the club had two main objectives: build the functional replica of Armenian vessel for future navigation, and create a Maritime Museum in Yerevan. In a result, after 6 years of research and 11 years of the shipbuilding process, 13rd century Armenian trading vessel was launched in the lake Sevan. Two years later the ship, named “Cilicia”, was transported to Poti, where it started its triennial historical navigation around Europe, through the medieval Armenian merchants trade routes. During these three years of navigation (2004-2006), the vessel passes more than 15 000 nautical miles and visited 63 ports in 25 countries.

In 2007 the Club, jointly with ANAHIT Association, undertook the expedition to the Caribbean Sea islands to search the sunken “Quedakh Merchant” Armenian ship from 1699. The remains of this ship was investigated and shot.

In 2008, Club members began to build a traditional fishing boat of Lake Sevan. In 2009, two of them were already clipping the waves of Sevan. It was 2009 also, when traditional sailboat competition was held for the first time.

Nowadays, AYAS Club processes new research projects.
3. Rationale

“AYAS” Nautical Research Club has been 30 years in the shipping and shipbuilding history, examining and revealing the unknown pages of Armenian studies. The Club regained 26 ship kinds, used in the river and lake navigation of Great Armenia of which two types – medieval merchant vessel of Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia and the Sevan lake fishing boat were built in real size and were tested. “Cilicia” sailing vessel conducted a historical experiment – sailing through Armenian medieval trade sea routes. The expedition was pursuing several objectives, such as the navigation of ships, ship behavior in different conditions – lake, sea, ocean, testes over the course of the wind angle. For the first time the functioning of the medieval symmetrical triangle (Latin) sail was tested. In the result, Ayas club at this point is the only experienced team of professionals and specialists that are familiar with these kinds of experiences.

All the work of AYAS Club was carried out in close cooperation with the Institute of History, which provides the powerful scientific basis and guarantee of success for all the projects.

Club programs are continuous, and periodic conferences are organized to present the results, also gather scientists in the field to and celebrate new horizons.

4. Description

International scientific conference will take from three to five days. Scientists from Armenia and abroad are invited to present reports and releases in the conference. The materials will be published.

During the conference, a photo exhibition will be organized dedicated to the study of topics and activities of the club.

6. Expected Results

Such cooperative conference organization is an ordinal phase of the study in historical heritage of the past centuries, in the history of world civilization introduction of national coverage, especially in the field of navigation and shipbuilding.

AYAS Nautical Research Club

Scientific Editorial Staff

  1. Dr. Ashot Melkonyan, Academician, Dr. Ph. (history), Director of the Institute of History of NSA of Armenia.
  2. Dr. Eduard Danielyan, Chairman, Dr. Ph. (history), Head of Ancient History Department of the Institute of History of NSA of Armenia.
  3. Karen Balayan, AYAS Nautical Research Club president, Armenia
  4. Gagik Poghosyan (Khakhbakyan ), AYAS Nautical Research Club, head of club’s Guild of scientists, Armenia.


AYAS Ship Register

December 9th, 2011

Coming soon

Underwater Research. DIVING.

December 4th, 2010

News of the AYAS Club

December 4th, 2010

News of the AYAS Club



Ville Haapasalo, famous finnish actor (film “Peculiarities of National Hunting”) – visiting the Diving Base of the “AYAS” club. (Second from right)

Dear Friends,

Extremal Sports Festival will be held on The AYAS Club Diving Base, (Shorjah, 500m from Artists Pansionat).

Partners of the Festival:

“White Crow” pub

Contact:  +374 91 315952 Vardan



In 28 September 2013 have organized the biggest sea, lakes and rivers clean up in History. This global clean up in memory of Legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Partnership with Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco, Bernie Ecclestone Formula 1 CEO, GUWAA Patron Bianca Jagger and Francois Sarano a personal friend of Cousteau and former member and diver of Calypso.
This clean up will be verified by Guinness Book of World Records and all together we will make this officially the biggest water clean up in history with more than 80 countries participating.
This clean up will unite all countries, continents, people around the world to come together and fight for the same cause and same dream – Ocean preservation.
Author of idea: In 28 September 2013 have organized the biggest sea, lakes and rivers clean up in History. This global clean up in memory of Legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Partnership with Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco, Bernie Ecclestone Formula 1 CEO, GUWAA Patron Bianca Jagger and Francois Sarano a personal friend of Cousteau and former member and diver of Calypso.
This clean up will be verified by Guinness Book of World Records and all together we will make this officially the biggest water clean up in history with more than 80 countries participating.
This clean up will unite all countries, continents, people around the world to come together and fight for the same cause and same dream – Ocean preservation.
Author of idea: Kristijan Curavic, founder and president of GUWAA
AYAS Nautical Research Club is responsible for the Cleanup Day event in Armenia



“CILICIA” sailing ship launching 10-th anniversary

25-28 May 2012

* At 17 of November a meeting with Associated professor Charles Beeker from Indiana University (USA) have took place in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS of RA. Mr. Beeker is head of group of underwater archaeologists which are excavating «Quedagh Merchant» during last 4 years. This is an Armenian merchant ship captured by William Kidd in1698 and had sunk there in 1699. By opinion of the professor this is a unique opportunity to research the remains of very unusual vessel. Wood analysis showed, that wood is the teak from Malabar coast of India. Construction of planking connections testified, that the ship had built at Surat city in India. The pieces of planking had been glued! And the most important, that the vessel exactly identified, which is relatively seldom happened. By initiative of professor Beeker the bronze plate with information about the vessel had been established underwater on the site of shipwreck, and the capsule with the Armenian flag immured under the plate as well.
Reminding, that the “AYAS” Nautical Research Club jointly with “ANAHIT” Association have realized the Expedition to the Caribbean to the site of the shipwreck in winter of 2007-2008. Mr. & Mrs. Pavel Galoumyan and Isabella Agad-Galoumyan, founders of the Association, have gave the yacht (ketch) and completely financed the expedition.
Professor Beekers’ excavations had started in 2008.

* 21 of September: Independent day!
Group of Pilgrims have sailed to the Sevan Monastery aboard of “Cilicia”.

* 18 of September “Cilicia” had been invited by “ZHAYR” (“The Rock”) youth association for 20 years of Armenia independent day celebration at the East coast of the lake. A few thousand young people had possibility to visit the legendary sailing ship.

* AYB school pupils aboard of the ship.

*Lake Sevan Sea-gals islands shore cleaning: AYAS club and “Birthright Armenia” Youth Foundation jointly.

* The Armenian Sailing Championship for children took place from 15 to 20 of August on the Lake Sevan in Sevan City Yacht Club. The championship devoted to the memory of Armen Meliqyan, president of Sailing Federation of Armenia. “Kilikia” was honored guest of the regatta. The winners were rewarded aboard of the ship.

* 21 of Jule Rafael Mkrtchyan, Artak Elmasakyan and Karen Balayan have dived into the waters of Qari Lich – an alpine lake on the mount Aragats in Armenia. The lake is situated on 3200m above the sea level. On the bottom of the lake have established the Flag of Armenia, pennants of AYAS Club, Hay Extrim Association and ARARAT Beer Co. (sponsor of expedition). A special group of medics made scientific investigations of divers in extremal conditions.

* On the 11-th of July sailing ship “CILICIA” was lounched at the waters of the Lake Sevan. After 5 years of forced land standing the ship finnaly appeared in here’s natural environment.

*At 4 of May the Club started “CILICIA” sailing ship renovation works.

* At 31 of March the Club had meeting with heads of the AYB Club and the LUYS Foundation, discussing for the future co-operation.

* At 31 of March a group of children from QSI International school  visited “Cilicia” sailing ship in Yerevan. Memers of the crew told about the history of the ship and her round Europe trip.

* “SEA CULTURE – CULTURE OF HUMANITY IN THE DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATIONS” – conference almanac had issued!  The Conference, which devoted to 25 anniversary of the “AYAS” Club, had been organized and passed by “AYAS” Nautical Research Club joitly with the Institute of History NAS RA and the Institute of Oriental Studies NAS RA in Yerevan from 14 to 16 of May 2010.

*25 of March, the “AYAS” Nautical Research Club is selebrating his 26-th anniversary!
The members of the Club have celebrated the birthday by working on the “Cilicia” vessel.

*24 of March The Club had a meeteng with “Ayb” Club representatives.

SAILING: “AYAS” Nautical Research Club Sailing School

December 4th, 2010


Karen Balayan. Sailing Vessel Captain. Diploma Nо. 24/90. Sail Area & Tonnage no limits. Certificate No. 0001

Ashot Khachatryan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0002

Alexander Margaryan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0003

Armen Yesayan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0004

Karen Danielyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0005

Hayk Sadoyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 006

Ara Tamanyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0013

Rafayel Mkrtchyan. Yacht skipper. Certificate Nо. 0015

Aramazd Babayan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0016

Arsen Sedrakyan. Yacht helmsman. Sertificate Nо. 0017

Koryun Tarakhchyan. Yacht helmsman. Sertificate Nо. 0018

Koryun Avagyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0020

Armen Sahatchyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0021

Suren Minasyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0022

Arsen Stepanyan. Motorboat helmsman (Engine up to 250 HP). Certificate Nо. 0023

Arvin Haghnazarian. Yacht skipper. Permitted sail area up to 250 sq.m. Certificate Nо. 0024

Vahe Ananyan. Yacht helmsman. Certificate Nо. 0025


November 12th, 2010



Scientific Conference devoted to the 25-th anniversary of

“Ayas” Nautical Research Club

/2010 , 14-16 May/


1.      Dr. Edward Danielyan, Chairman, Head Editor, (Institute of History, NAS RA)

2.       Dr. Ashot Melkonyan (Fellow-correspondent of NAS RA, Director of Institute of History NAS RA)

3.       Dr. Ruben Safrastyan (Director of Institute of Eastern Studies NAS RA)

4.       Karen Balayan (president of “AYAS” Nautical Research Club)

5.       Karen Danielyan (Secretary of “AYAS” Nautical Research Club)


May 14

09.30  –  Registration of participants

10.15    – Opening  of Conference /A.Melkonyan, Fellow-correspondent of  NAS RA, Doctor of Hist. Sc., Director of Institute of History NAS RA/

10.30  – Welcome Word (Sen Arevshatyan, Academician, NAS RA)

10.45 -Introductory word: The Ships of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia (Karen Balayan, President of  “Ayas” Nautical Research Club)

History of Cilician Armenia

(moderator – Ashot Melkonyan)

11.00 – Azat Bozoyan  / Doctor of Hist. Sc., Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS RA/

History of Cilician Armenia in Documents

11.20   – Vahe Torosyan /Institute of History, NAS RA /

Relations of Spiritual and Secular Authorities of Great Armenia and Cilician Armenia in the Reign of Levon II

11.40 – Ruben Galichian /London, England/

Armenia and Cilician Armenia in Old Maps and Portolans.

12.00  –  Ruben Safrastyan / Doctor of Hist. Sc.,  Director of Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS RA/

Armenian Genocide in Cilicia: Geopolithical  Aspect.

12.20  –  coffee-break

Civilizational Interelations

(moderator – Ruben Safrastyan)

13.00   – Eduard Danielyan /Doctor of Hist. Sc., Institute of History, NAS RA/

Armenian Civilizational Contribution to Ancient and Medieval Economic and Geopolitical Developments.

13.20  – Zohrab Gevorgyan / Institute of History, NAS RA /

Cilician Armenia in the International Trade Shipping System in XIII-XIV cc.

13.40 -Gevorg Stepanyan /Doctor of Hist, Sc., Institute of History, NAS RA /

From the History of the Armenian Fleet in the Caspian Sea.

14.00   –  Lunch-time

15.00  –  Lilya Avanesyan / State Museum of the History of Armenia/

The Geography of Trade Routes of Jugha Armenians

15.20 – Gagik Poghosyan (Khakhbakyan) / Institute of Political Research of RA President’s  Administration/

Jugha Armenians Heritage in South-Eastern Asia

15.40  –  Dmitry Martirosyan /PhD in Tech. Sc./

A Forgotten Factor of European policy of  XVI-XVII c.c.: the Cossaks (and their Sea Glory)

History of Navigation

(moderator – Eduard Danielyan)

16.00  –  Armen Davtyan

Evidences About Ships in Sumerian Cuneiform Inscriptions

16.20  Alina Salnazaryan

Armenian Navigation in India

16.40  – Discussion

May 15

10.00  – Karen Balayan / “AYAS”  Nautical Reseach Club/

Expedition by the steps of Armenian ship ” Quedagh Merchant ” by “Ayas”  Nautical Research Club Jointly with “Anahit” Association

10.20 – Victor Gubarev /PhD in Hist. Sc. –Donetsk National Technical University/

The Destiny of the Ship of Captain Kidd ” Quedagh Merchant” and Its Cargo

10.40 – Vachagan Khachatryan /PhD in Tech. Sc./, Hrachia Mkhitaryan

Contacts and Communication in the International Crew, or Work with Interpersonal Relations.

(a presentation)

10.55               –           Vahan Sargsyan /PhD in Ling.Sc., Yerevan State University / 

The Armenian Islands /according to the Hispanic priest Andres Agire’s letters/

11.15  –  O.Zolotarev/Tula, Russia/, V.Kobets /Kiev, Ukraine/

Underwater Archaeological Reconnaissances of the Place  of the XVIII century Russian battleship “Saint Alexander”’ Wreck abeam the Tarkhankut lighthouse in 2005-2009.

11.35 – Marina Uvarova /PhD in Tech. Sc., S-Petersburg,  Russia /

Mher Parvanyan /Yerevan/

Stress as a Risk Factor for the Member of the Crew

(a presentation)

11.50 – Hayarpi Aghakhanyan/”Gitelik” University, Eghegnadzor/

Armenian Merchants and Modern Sea Law

(a presentation)

12.00 –  coffee-break

Culture and Traditions

(moderator – Vahan Sargsyan)

13.00 – Hakob Simonayan / PhD  in Hist. Sc., Director of the Cultural-Historic Heritage Centre of            the Ministery of Culture of RA/

An Attempt to a Semantic Variant Reading of the Word “NAV” on the Basis of Archaeo-Linguistic and Archaeological Analysis.

13.20 – Karen Tokhatyan /Institute of History NAS RA /

Rock Art of Great Armenia.

13.40 – Gohar Vardumyan /Phd in Hist.Sc, Institute of History NAS RA /

Cult of Water among Armenians.

14.00 – Lunch-time

15.00 – Grigor Brutyan /House-Museum of V. Ambartsumyan/

Vishap and Water in Armenian Fairy Tales and Epic

15.20 – Ashot Haykazun/Doctor of Archit., Prof., National Museum-Institute of Architecture/

Compositional Construction of  Noah’s Ark, and the Quadrilateral and Triplex System of the World.

15.40 – Artak Movsisyan (PhD of Hist. Sc., Institute of Oriental Studies NAS RA)

One of the Legends of the Saving Ark, and the Earliest Mentionings of the name of Mt. Masis

16.00  – Discussion

May 16

10.00 – V. Vahradyan /Phd in Mat. Sc../, M. Vahradyan, /”Vaspurakan. New Generation”/

The First Inhabitants of the Isle of Britain came from Armenia.

10.20  – Ruben Vardanyan /Phd in History, Armenian History State Museum/

Coins of Levon I: New Researches

11.00 – Armine Zohrabyan /Phd of Hist. Sc., The State Museum of History of Armenian

Merchant in Ancient World

(a presentation)

11.20 – Arman Shahnurabyan

Methods of Inverstigation of the Polluted Reservoirs of Armenia Proposed by the “Ayas” Club.

(a presentation)

11.35 – Discussion

Closing of the Conference

13.00 – Cultural program