Reconstruction of Nemi Ship A. The Final Chapter of the Nemi Ships’ History In 1944, all the world was touched by a war that had already lasted for five years. Sadly, the tragedy of war also had an impact on the famous wrecks. It was the night of May 31 when the museum was hit by the United States Army’s shells. The German artillery was destroyed, but the fire covered the entire museum and the ships too. The precious ships and their treasures were lost forever.