Located in the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland is a wonderful area full of surprises. Especially if you have a passion for history and wreck hunting. Frosty and dark waters hide perfectly preserved remnants of many vesselsThe cold and dark waters here hide well-preserved wrecks that have gone to the bottom over the centuries.
It is the unique underwater conditions that make almost every wreck here a real time capsule. Low temperature, minimal salinity, lack of sunlight and trace amounts of oxygen are an ideal mixture. Thanks to this, even wrecks that are several hundred years old in the Baltic Sea look as if they sank yesterday.
Undoubtedly, the above situation makes a diver can feel like he is in a museum here. Therefore, archaeologists and historians can almost peek into the past and see what life was like on a ship or a vessel in particular historical periods. The found wrecks, often many centuries old, are also a treasure trove of knowledge about boatbuilding and maritime design.
Immi Wallin and the SubZone group have been searching waters of the Gulf of Finland for years in search of shipwrecks. Their latest discovery is the beautiful wooden wreck of a schooner. The divers discovered the previously unknown vessel while checking an anomaly that appeared on the sonar readings. During the exploration the diving team saw a magnificent and previously unknown wreck.
This fully loaded small cargo vessel ran into trouble when a fire broke out in the aft cabin. It is likely that the vessel lost its main mast in bad weather. The incident resulted in the death of one crew member, whose remains were discovered in a lifeboat on board the vessel. The rest of the crew was washed away into the rough sea. – reads the dive report shared by the SubZone group.
Photo by Sami Paakkarinen, lights by Jenni Westerlund and Laura Tuominen
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