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Unknown wreck of an armed vessel found in the Baltic Sea

Russians have discovered an unknown wreck of an armed vessel in the waters of the Baltic Sea near the Curonian Spit. The never-before-recorded wreck of an armed vessel was found by Russian scientists from the research vessel Akademik Boris Petrov. During the expedition, which they conducted from 5 September to 16 October, they explored the
Published: November 23, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:38
Unknown wreck of an armed vessel found in the Baltic Sea

Russians have discovered an unknown wreck of an armed vessel in the waters of the Baltic Sea near the Curonian Spit.

The never-before-recorded wreck of an armed vessel was found by Russian scientists from the research vessel Akademik Boris Petrov. During the expedition, which they conducted from 5 September to 16 October, they explored the seabed using sonar. At one point, a clear image of the wreck appeared on the monitor screen.

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Oceanologists and students were conducting research in the area of Cape Taran, the Curonian Spit and the new gas port. They came across the wreck of an unknown vessel at night. According to the information they provided to the press, they made their discovery around 10 km of the Curonian Spit coastline at a depth of 26 metres.

The wreck was spotted by a student. The object measures 51 metres long and 8 metres wide. There are cannons mounted on the stern, which indicates that we may be dealing with a vessel from the First or Second World War.

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We immediately contacted the Ministry of Emergency Situations and found out that the object is not listed in the register of sunken vessels. With the help of digital technology we managed to create a detailed 3D model of the wreck. You can see that there are cannons on the stern. It is possible that it comes from the First or the beginning of the Second World War said the leader of the expedition Prof. Dmitry Dorokhov.

Further studies

Undoubtedly, the wreck of the unknown vessel will now be entered in the register so that it can be further investigated. Due to the shallow depth, divers will soon be carrying out a reconnaissance. This will certainly allow photographic and film documentation to be collected. Perhaps with the additional data the researchers will be able to identify the wreck and learn its history.

We now need to prepare an official letter on the find to the Ministry of Emergency Situations so that the vessel can be registered. This will enable the ministry to start diving research directly into the object itself added Prof Dorokhov.

The vessel Akademik Boris Petrov sailed in the Baltic waters adjacent to the Kaliningrad region from 16 September to 5 October. Although the main purpose of the expedition was to study the topography of the seabed and bottom sediments, as you can see, something unusual was found on this occasion.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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