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Excavation of wreck of German vessel completed - video

The website of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kołobrzeg informs about the completion of a three-day action of excavating the wreck of a German ship. The vessel was located on the beach in Podczele. The further fate of the wreck has already been determined and it will go to the Maritime Heritage Museum. Work
Published: February 20, 2017 - 16:22
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 14:50
Excavation of wreck of German vessel completed – video

The website of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kołobrzeg informs about the completion of a three-day action of excavating the wreck of a German ship. The vessel was located on the beach in Podczele. The further fate of the wreck has already been determined and it will go to the Maritime Heritage Museum.

Work to excavate the wreck had been underway since Thursday. The combined forces of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kołobrzeg, the Port Volunteer Fire Brigade “Tryton”, and the Maritime Office in Słupsk, worked together to make the whole process as smooth as possible.

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The wreck is not a new find. It was reported as early as 2011, but it was only now that conditions were favourable enough to finally undertake its excavation.

The task proved to be very time-consuming and took three days to complete. First the wreck was dug up and then all the water was pumped out. Only then were tons of sand washed out, after which it was finally possible to raise the wreck.

After the time-consuming operation of preparing the vessel for lifting, it was necessary to use specialist heavy equipment anyway. The director of the Polish Arms Museum, Aleksander Ostasz, explained that the excavators of the Maritime Office proved to be too weak. There was also a risk that the wreck would be flooded and buried, so it was not possible to wait too long.

Finally, using stronger machinery, after two hours, it was possible to raise the wreck. Inside, the following items were found and excavated: a bottle to start the engine, a bilge pump, two lanterns and various smaller items. Just like the engine, they will go to the Marine Open Air Museum mentioned above.

Pictures of the whole action can be viewed at homepage Museum of Polish Arms in Kołobrzeg.

Source: museum.kołobrzeg.pl Photo: youtube.com

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