Intact flute located – new find in the Baltic
On 15 November 2007 the Swedish National Television broadcast their new popular science series Vrakletarna (The Wreck Locators). Using a research ship with side scan sonar, ROV and technical divers, they had investigated known or suspected wreck locations in the Baltic Sea.
The ship is located on 125 m depth on international water in the Baltic Sea, and filmed with a ROV. The length is 25 m and the lower sections of the two masts are still standing. The hull is richly decorated with carved figures and a sterncastle that is partially painted or gilded.
The gunports carry no guns and seem to be just decoration. The ship type appears to be a flute, a Dutch merchant ship of the 17th century. Hopefully it will be investigated and identified in due time.
Links with illustrations:
Per Åkesson, November 2007
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