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15th century wreck found near Gotland

Near the northern part of Gotland, a group of divers led by Richard Lundgren made a very interesting find. They managed to locate the wreck of a medieval ship, which is preserved in excellent condition. According to preliminary findings, the vessel dates back to the 15th century. The exploration team found, at a depth of
Published: July 12, 2011 - 12:14
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 07:15
15th century wreck found near Gotland

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Near the northern part of Gotland, a group of divers led by Richard Lundgren made a very interesting find. They managed to locate the wreck of a medieval ship, which is preserved in excellent condition. According to preliminary findings, the vessel dates back to the 15th century.

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The exploration team found, at a depth of 50m, a perfectly preserved wreck, 25m long and 7m wide. Experts estimate the age of the find at about 1450-1500. It is very possible that the ship belonged to Henryk Pomorski.

What is remarkable is that there are no units from this period preserved in such good condition. Thanks to the very good visibility, great photo and video footage was captured, which left the archaeologists stunned, as they had never seen anything like it before.

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I have seen many ship designs from that period and it is difficult for me to determine more closely how the vessel was found. This fact is further complicated by the lack of guns and any cargo. The deck has unfortunately collapsed, but the hull is quite well preserved. A hole was found in the aft section, which could have been left by a cannonball. It is certainly not a holk or a cogga,” said marine archaeologist Göran Ankarlilja.

“Although it is quite a big ship – two or three masts – we are almost certain that it is none of the legendary ships: Rosary and Valdemar Atterdag. The material we have collected down there is of sensational quality, it’s a very quiet place with good visibility,” said Richard Lundgren.

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The discovery of the Swedish, team is another interesting find made this year in the Baltic Sea. Earlier during the expedition Wind-driventhe expedition managed to excavate several of the 17th-century cannons. Additionally, during the same action, a completely new wreck has also been locatedwhich will probably be investigated soon. Last week, however, we gave you the information about the finding of the wreck of the vessel “Akademik Karpinsky”. Only the first half of the year is behind us and the Baltic Sea does not stop revealing its secrets to us. I wonder what else awaits us before 2011 comes to an end…

We invite you to watch the diving video under this link.

Source: www.dn.se
Photo: Richard Lundgren

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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