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Well-preserved 17th Century shipwreck found

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Divers from Finland have made an unexpected discovery while exploring the depths of the Baltic Sea, finding an incredibly well-preserved shipwreck dating back almost 400 years.

Volunteer divers from the non-profit Badewanne team more often come across wrecked 20th century relics sunk during the sea battles of World War I and WWII, so uncovering what appears to be a largely undamaged Dutch merchant vessel from the 17th century was a huge surprise.

The ship, an example of a Dutch 'fluit' (or fluyt), was found near the mouth of the Gulf of Finland, in the easternmost waters of the Baltic.

At a depth of about 85 metres (roughly 280 ft), the Badewanne diving team discovered this Dutch time capsule lying on the seabed, almost completely preserved and intact.

https://www.sciencealert.com/incredibly-well-preserved-17th-century-ship-found-in-the-depths-of-the-baltic-sea

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Peter B

Wow, very well preserved.

It reminds me of even older wrecks found in the Black Sea, preserved by the anoxic depths of that body of water.

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