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An arsenal from the Napoleonic era has been found in Baltic waters!

Dozens of firearms were found in the waters of the Baltic Sea near the town of Rowy, where an artificial reef is being constructed. The unusual find consists of about 60 pieces of shotguns and wooden fragments of barrels, in which they were most probably transported. The discovery was made last Friday and all work
Published: August 13, 2015 - 16:31
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 11:29
An arsenal from the Napoleonic era has been found in Baltic waters!

Dozens of firearms were found in the waters of the Baltic Sea near the town of Rowy, where an artificial reef is being constructed. The unusual find consists of about 60 pieces of shotguns and wooden fragments of barrels, in which they were most probably transported.

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The discovery was made last Friday and all work was immediately halted. On Monday, divers thoroughly surveyed the area and reported the extent of the find, located at a depth of about 3.5m.

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On Wednesday, the provincial conservator and archaeologists from the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk came to the site. Under their watchful eye, all the artefacts that could be found were excavated.

“The weapon fragments found on the seabed are most likely rock pistols,” says Tomasz Bobin, director of the Maritime Office in Slupsk

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According to experts, the find dates back to the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. The origin of the found weapon is unknown, but there will certainly be plenty of theories about it. Unfortunately, it will not be easy to establish the history of the find and we may never find out where the weapon went and under what circumstances it was found.

Now all the elements that have been excavated will go to the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, where they will undergo conservation and then be added to the museum’s collection and made available to visitors.

Source: tvn24.pl Photo: Maritime Office in Słupsk

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