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Fishing on wrecks a risk

08 February 2021 11:02

Bottom trawling poses a huge risk to shipwrecks and other remains. A new report shows that more than 600 known ancient and cultural heritage remains are in danger. But now, fishermen, recreational divers, and maritime and fishing tour operators will be getting information about our unique cultural heritage.

Looting gets international attention

25 January 2021 09:01

Shipwreck looting in the Baltic Sea is now receiving international attention. The news agency AFP has made a film, Swedish archaeologists take to the waves to protect Baltic wrecks, hat has been broadcast in several European countries. The film also tells us that Vrak – Museum of Wrecks has joined forces with several major government agencies to prevent the wrecks from being damaged and emptied of their contents.

See the film from AFP (external link)

New report about present finds from Gribshunden

22 January 2021 13:01

A report that describes the new finds and discoveries made during an excavation of the wreck Gribshunden in 2019 is now releasing. The wreck has lain on the bottom of the Baltic Sea for more than 500 years, providing researchers with the first opportunity to study the construction of 15th-century ships.

A 3D puzzle for groundwater

15 December 2020 15:12

How does groundwater flow into the Baltic Sea? Stockholm University and the museum’s maritime archaeologists are teaming up to study this question. Using 3D photography and other measurement equipment, they are trying to get a picture of how fresh water – and even dangerous substances – can seep into the sea.

 

Millions for research on The Lost Navy

01 December 2020 19:12

Vrak – Museum of Wrecks and other research institutions receive SEK 34 million for the research program The Lost Navy. We will now take a forgotten part of Sweden's maritime history to the surface.

Small escape boats bring wartime memories to light

19 November 2020 12:11

During the Second World War, 30,000 people fled the Baltic states across the Baltic Sea. Small boats made their escape possible. Some of these were left stranded on the shorelines where they remained as time capsules, on Gotland and in Uppland in particular. A recently published doctoral dissertation draws attention to the humble refugee boats and their perilous past.

Medieval soldier found

18 November 2020 09:11

Maritime archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a medieval soldier from the underwater slope of Lake Asveja in eastern Lithuania. Personal belongings found nearby, including a sword, well-preserved leather boots and two knives, suggest that the remains belonged to a medieval soldier. The find can be dated to the 16th century.

Cog once again in the spotlight

22 October 2020 11:10

25 years ago, a well-preserved medieval cog was discovered on a golf course on the island of Gotland. The so-called Kronoholm cog has been recently reexamined. Archaeologists have discovered that it has been attacked, and that the cog may now be threatened. New samples have been taken to find out whether it is a Gotland cog.

New collaboration hinders looters

12 October 2020 10:10

Shipwreck looting in the Baltic Sea is a growing problem. Vrak – Museum of Wrecks is now joining forces with several major government agencies to prevent the wrecks from being damaged and emptied of their contents. These underwater crime fighters recently met up on the Coast Guard’s ship off Dalarö in the Stockholm archipelago to exchange experiences.

More dive parks in the Baltic Sea

07 October 2020 12:10

There is enormous interest in the shipwrecks and maritime archaeology of the Baltic Sea, which is why Sweden is creating more and more dive parks. Plans for such a park are underway in Karlskrona, where maritime archaeologists from Vrak – Museum of Wrecks are currently on a two-week diving mission. In Djupasund, between Sturkö and Tjurkö, a preliminary archaeological investigation is being conducted that could result in a dive park and tourist attraction by 2022. Karlskrona Municipality is directing these efforts through “Världsarvets g(l)ömda vrak,” a project about a hidden and forgotten world heritage wreck.

Exhibitions begin to take shape

06 October 2020 17:10

The old boat hall has been converted into a museum, and now the exhibitions for Vrak – Museum of Wrecks are being built. New walls and displays will be built during October. And after that, the museum will be filled with amazing content. The Museum of Wrecks aims to bring these stories to the surface.

The Osmund wreck gets special protection

17 September 2020 14:09

The unique Osmund wreck has recently been carefully documented, and a Management and protection plan is now being developed for it. This plan will make it possible to monitor the wreck over a longer period of time to prevent it from being looted or otherwise damaged. The Museum of Wrecks is stepping up its fight against looting in cooperation with the Coast Guard, the Maritime Police, the police’s National Operations Department, and the Navy. 

Gribshunden now being investigated

15 September 2020 12:09

Last year, the excavation of the royal Danish flagship Gribshunden outside Ronneby in Blekinge made headlines. The ship, from the late medieval period, attracted the interest of researchers from twelve different countries, and a U.S. film crew filmed it for a documentary. The ship type is similar to the one Christopher Columbus sailed to America with, and none of those ships remain. The Museum of Wrecks spoke with Marcus Sandekjer, museum director at Blekinge Museum, to learn about the next steps in the project.

17th Century ship discovered in the Gulf of Finland

25 August 2020 19:08

A practically intact Dutch 17th Century merchantman was discovered this summer in the Gulf of Finland. The wellpreserved wreck is a good example of the importance of the Baltic Sea, and especially the trade of the Gulf of Finland 400 years ago.

Shipwreck looting in the Baltic Sea

03 June 2020 10:06

More wrecks in the Baltic Sea are being looted, even though the older wrecks there are protected by the Heritage Conservation Act. Last year, maritime archaeologists from Vrak – Museum of Wrecks discovered that the Osmund wreck had been looted. And many other Baltic Sea wrecks are not escaping the damage.

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