17th century Baltic Sea shipwreck discovered

November 19th, 2007 - 1:38 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.19 (ANI): A Swedish Television team and experts have discovered a near-intact shipwreck apparently dating back to the 17th century in the Baltic Sea.
The discovery was made during filming for an under-water documentary series. Public service SVT television said the wreck could be from the same era as the famous Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in August 1628.
The BBC quoted the broadcaster as saying that the Baltic’s low oxygen content and low temperature had helped preserve the wreck.
SVT said the origins of the ship were unclear, but its features resembled the work of Dutch ship-builders from the period.
“Experts who have studied video of the ship conclude that it is probably the best-preserved ship ever seen from this period,” the station said.
A press release provided by SVT quoted marine archaeologist MR Manders as saying he was “overwhelmed” by the condition of the wreck.
Manders said the boat was likely to have been a trading vessel, 20-25m long, with two or perhaps three masts.
The location of the wreck, between the Swedish mainland and Latvia, had been pinpointed in 2003. But it was only in May this year, during the filming for The Wreck Divers documentary series, that full exploration and filming with a remotely operated submarine took place.
The programme’s executive producer, Malcolm Dixelius, told the BBC the ship was found at a depth of 125m - offering “excellent” visibility.
The relative lack of oxygen in the water and its low temperature meant the ship had been amazingly well preserved, he said.
SVT’s The Wreck Divers programme is aired on Thursday. (ANI)

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