Two shipwrecks discovered in Baltic Sea 'from 14th and 16th century'

Two shipwrecks discovered in Baltic Sea 'from 14th and 16th century'

Stockholm already displays the 17th century warship Vasa

Friday, January 26, 2018

Two shipwrecks have been discovered by divers in the Baltic Sea, one of which may have sunk as long ago as the 14th century.

Many ships have been discovered in the area as the local water is not suitable for shipworm to flourish in, meaning wooden ships don't decay.

However, most are thought to be from the 17th or 18th century, making this find unusual given the age of the boats.

It is roughly 23 metres long and around seven metres wide, but covered by a lot of seabed mud.

The second ship is thought to be from the 16th century and still contains kitchen utensils, tools and 20 osmond iron barrels.

This amount of iron is "unprecedented" compared to other discovered shipwrecks, Swedish National Maritime Museums said.

The wreckages were discovered as part of preparations for a new maritime museum in Stockholm.

A Swedish National Maritime Museums spokesperson told The Local the wreckages were first spotted last month as maritime archaeologists searched for information and items to photograph.

The new maritime archaeological museum is set to open in 2020 and will use digital technology to show people shipwrecks on the seabed, rather than bringing them to land like the 17th century warship Vasa, which is currently on display in Stockholm. 

A spokesperson for Swedish National Maritime Museums told The Local this is because "wrecks are best preserved by staying where they are now."