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The wreck of a century-old motorboat has been retrieved from the sea!

Sappers have discovered the wreckage of a 100-year-old steam-powered motorboat near Kołobrzeg. As for now, it is not known where exactly the wreck will end up. However, it is known that it will become an exhibit of one of the museums. The 15m-long vessel was found by divers of the Eko-Min company, conducting underwater sapper’s
Published: June 16, 2011 - 14:50
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 07:21
The wreck of a century-old motorboat has been retrieved from the sea!

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Sappers have discovered the wreckage of a 100-year-old steam-powered motorboat near Kołobrzeg. As for now, it is not known where exactly the wreck will end up. However, it is known that it will become an exhibit of one of the museums.

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The 15m-long vessel was found by divers of the Eko-Min company, conducting underwater sapper’s work as part of the construction of coastline fortifications, commissioned by the Maritime Office in Slupsk.

Paweł Pawłowski, director of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kołobrzeg, reported the discovery to the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, the Maritime Department of the National Museum in Szczecin and the Museum of Technology and Communication.

“I am hoping for a quick response. If no one is interested, the elements of the wreck will probably go to the collections of the Museum of Polish Arms,” – Pawłowski said

According to Eko-Min representatives, the find was made at a depth of 3-4m, 60m from shore. The wreck in pieces was excavated using steel cables and an excavator.

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The steam boiler and the keel were assessed as preserved in good condition. According to Lucjan Szymanik, one of the owners of Eko-Min, the wreck had previously been visited by amateur divers, who had stolen the more valuable elements.

The motorboat was known to be lying on the bottom much earlier, from the results of scanning the bottom of the area intended for the investment. After the initial examination by an employee of the Museum of Polish Arms, it was established that the vessel was 15m long and was a steel pilot motorboat powered by a steam boiler. A plate on the boiler indicates that it was made in 1910 in the Imperial Shipyard in Kiel, but as the director of the museum in Kołobrzeg points out, the vessel itself could have been built much earlier.

Gallery with photos of the recovered motorboat

Source: PAP
Photo: patiokolobrzeg.pl

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