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In Norway, a group of divers found a 350-year-old cannon at the bottom of a bay

Last weekend, in Bergen, Norway, a group of local divers found a bronze cannon from 350 years ago underwater. A group of Norwegian divers from the Slettaa Dykkerklubb diving club have made a wonderful discovery. In the waters of Vågen Bay, in the very centre of the city of Bergen, they have found a bronze
Published: December 17, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:46
In Norway, a group of divers found a 350-year-old cannon at the bottom of a bay

Last weekend, in Bergen, Norway, a group of local divers found a bronze cannon from 350 years ago underwater.

A group of Norwegian divers from the Slettaa Dykkerklubb diving club have made a wonderful discovery. In the waters of Vågen Bay, in the very centre of the city of Bergen, they have found a bronze cannon which is several hundred years old. It is very possible that the cannon located on the bottom comes from a battle that took place in 1665.

I dag fant vi en kanon i Bergen havn . Can they come from the store in 1665? Sammen med Lars Einar Hollund Mariusz Buryj Olivia Thyra Lie Norlander Thomas Kallevik

Posted by Åge Wee on Saturday, December 11, 2021

As you can see from the attached videos, the bronze cannon looks very impressive. The artefact is located at a depth of about 20 metres. Measurements that divers have taken indicate that the cannon is 40 cm in diameter and has a hole with a diameter of 15 cm.

Cannon at the bottom of the bay

Five of us went on the dive. We wanted to investigate thoroughly the information that a friend had given us. A year and a half ago he was laying power cables in this area said Åge Wee, one of the divers from Slettaa Dykkerklubb.

Battle of 1665.

It is highly likely that we can connect the bronze cannon with the Battle of Vågen. Because in 1665 the fleets of England and the Netherlands clashed near Beren. Undoubtedly, one of the traces that strongly reminds us of this event is a stray cannonball. A bullet fired during the battle hit Bergen Cathedral and was embedded in the wall.

Dagens dykk Thomas Kallevik Lars Einar Hollund Olivia Thyra Lie Norlander Mariusz Buryj

Posted by Åge Wee on Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Danish-Norwegian forces present in the town joined the fighting and sided with the Dutch. This was the only time that Bergenhus Fortress took part in a battle. According to information from the Bergen City Archives, the town had a total of 20 bronze cannons and 105 iron cannons to defend.

The bronze cannon found by divers appears to be in good condition. However, preliminary examination shows that extracting it from the water may be complicated. Therefore, for the moment, the authorities have placed the location of the cannon under secrecy.

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