Divers just found a scarily-well preserved ship in ‘Dark Waters’
Divers from Finland has made an amazing discovery; a scarily well-preserved 17th century ship that was found in the ‘dark waters’ of the Baltic Sea.
The divers were looking for wrecked ships from World War I and World War 2, however this time they came upon a largely undamaged and eerily-well preserved Dutch merchant vessel.
According to Science Alert, the ship is a Dutch Fluit, and it was found in the Gulf of Finland, in the easternmost waters of the Baltic which are also known as the ‘Dark Waters’, so named by the fact that it is almost pitch black down there.
The divers are part of a volunteer diving team known as Badewanne. They came across the vessel that seems to have only sustained minor damage (which has been put down to modern trawling vessels).
It is thought that the vessel is so well preserved because of the cold waters in the Baltic. In warmer seas, wood-eating algae and other organisms can make quick work of wooden wrecks.
According to the Badewanne team, the ship’s hold is still full of provisions and wares.
The team plan on handing over data and images of the wreck to researchers, who might use it to better study early Dutch vessels.
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