The wreck was discovered in 2009 during surveys for the North Stream gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, but only now is there an understanding of how unique it actually is. This spring, the Maritime Museum asked a company, MMT, to inspect the wreck. It has now produced a 3D model of the ship using the material it collected. The model has shown how amazingly well-preserved the ship is – better than the Vasa, according to Johan Rönnby, professor of marine archaeology at Södertörn University.
“The Baltic Sea is incredible for preserving shipwrecks. It is dark, there are no currents and, most importantly, there are no shipworms to destroy the wreck,” he says.
Determining the exact age of the ship is difficult, but based on the onboard canons that have been observed, Johan Rönnby believes it could come from the 16th century. However, the ship’s age is not the only riddle that needs to be solved. What it was used for, where it was built and why it sank are a few of the questions that researchers hope to be able to answer using additional surveys.