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Lucrinus Naval facilities created fears that decreasing depths
could immobilize the fleet in an emergency, and that the basin
would become too awkward for training and maneuvers. The Roman
senate made the decision to form a new fleet (Clasis Misensis)
and to construct a totally new base at Misenum. Again, the brilliant
and loyal military engineer Agrippa was set to another challenging
Augustus established a new colony at Misenum in 31 B.C., and
naval construction projects resumed during 31-29 B.C. Agrippa
took full advantage of the two Miseno basins. By natural design
both basins were at the same water level. The port was comprised
of these two basins: the outer basin which is called Case
Vecchie ("Old Houses"), and the inner basin that
is known as Maremorto ("Dead Sea").
The ruins at Punta Sarparella include those of the pretorium,
logistics facilities and warehouses. In the waters around Miseno
are ruins of military barracks and munitions facilities. Also
nearby are water reservoirs including Piscina Mirabile, Cento
Camerelle, and Grotto Dragonara. Cemeteries of foreign soldiers
were found at Capella, Bacoli, and Miliscola. For observation
towers existed at Monte di Procida. For navigation lighthouse
beacons at Bacoli and Miseno provided direction for shipping.
When the water is clear, pylons erected to protect the two
basins are visible. These consisted of two enormous wharfs. The
first is 180 meters long with a double row of pylons. The second
is 100 meters long formed by a single row of pylon.
Numerous column fragments are found at shallow depths a short
distance from the port entrance. These are thought to be remains
of a temple because of the structure's apparent design. Other
marble works recovered from areas surrounding this site in 1980,
could very well pertain to this site as well.