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500-year-old shipwreck found “astonishingly preserved” on bottom of the Baltic Sea

PortandTerminal.com, July 23, 2019

A team of scientists has revealed the remains of an intact and astonishingly preserved 500-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic, using state-of-the-art underwater robots. But the ship’s identity remains a mystery.

Laying on the muddy floor of the frigid inland Baltic Sea, scientists have found an almost perfectly preserved and intact shipwreck, undisturbed for hundreds of years.

Based on its incredible preservation, archaeologists have been able to date the ship back to the Renaissance. That’s around the late 15th or early 16th century CE, the time of Christopher Columbus and Leonardo da Vinci.

“It’s almost like it sank yesterday – masts in place and hull intact,” 

The precise origin of the ship is unknown. It’s from a time before naming ships was common; for now, it’s been labelled Okänt Skepp – “Unknown Ship” in Swedish.

Intact Renaissance Shipwreck in the Baltic

“It’s almost like it sank yesterday – masts in place and hull intact,” said maritime archaeologist Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz of marine survey company MMT.

“Still on the main deck is an incredibly rare find – the tender boat, used to ferry crew to and from the ship, leaning against the main mast. It’s a truly astonishing sight.”

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