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A unique wreck from the 17th century has been found off the coast of Denmark

A wonderful discovery has been made by Norwegian archaeologists, who have found and identified the wreck of the 17th-century Danish warship Delmenhorst. As Vikingeskibs Museet reports on its website, it was probably one of the first vessels to be built from plans and drawings. But that is not all! Delmenhorst is also the last of
Published: September 24, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:07
A unique wreck from the 17th century has been found off the coast of Denmark

A wonderful discovery has been made by Norwegian archaeologists, who have found and identified the wreck of the 17th-century Danish warship Delmenhorst. As Vikingeskibs Museet reports on its website, it was probably one of the first vessels to be built from plans and drawings.

But that is not all! Delmenhorst is also the last of the three lost ships that were sunk during the naval battle of Fehmarn, which took place on 13 October 1644. This clash marked the beginning of Denmark’s decline as a European superpower.

Archaeologist investigating Delmenhorst wreck divers24.co.uk The wreck has been identified by marine archaeologists from the Vikingeskibs Museum in Oslo. The divers have been working on the remains of the Delmenhorst since mid-August, investigating, collecting artefacts from the wreck and documenting the site.

This remarkable discovery was made at a depth of just 3.5 metres. The wreck is almost completely buried in the seabed and is located just 150 metres off the town of Rødbyhavn, located on the southern coast of the Danish island of Lolland.

Sonar image of Delmenhorst wreck divers24.co.uk The discovery was made entirely by accident during construction work on the world’s longest underwater tunnel. The 11-mile-long road-rail link between Denmark and Germany is due to open in 2029.

The 31 metre long ship was grounded in the final hours of the battle against the unusually large Swedish-Dutch fleet. It was still hoped that it could be defended by cannon fire from the cannons located in Rødbyhavn, but then the Swedes resorted to an extremely clever method and sent one of their ships straight at Delmenhorst, which they had previously… set on fire! As a result, the Danish ship also caught fire and went down.

Historical engraving Warship Delmenhorst divers24.pl Of the Danish fleet of 17 ships, two were sunk and the rest captured or dispersed during the battle. After the Battle of Fehmarn, Sweden became the dominant power in Scandinavia. The other two ships recorded as sunk in the battle were the ship Lindormen and the Dutch armoured merchant ship Swarte Arent. Both were found in 2012 at about 24 metres depth, also during work on the tunnel.

Archaeologists working on the Delmenhorst wreck have compiled a photographic record of some 30,000 images, which will eventually lead to a photogrammetric 3D model of the vessel.

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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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