Vrak – Museum of Wrecks has ties to maritime archaeology research in several ways.
Our maritime archaeologists are in the midst of a pilot project in cooperation with Järnkontoret, the Swedish steel producers’ association. The project involves what is most likely a uniquely well-preserved late medieval ship, laden with so-called osmond iron, that can provide us with new insights into early industry, transport history and iron production.
Another pilot project, “The Forgotten Fleet”, is about examining the many older Swedish warships that were scuttled (deliberately sunk) and that are mainly located in Stockholm, Karlskrona and Suomenlinna, Finland. The ships were scuttled for various reasons – to cordon off waterways, or to make way for quays and the like to be built. They represent a previously overlooked historical source.
Flight over the Baltic Sea
The Museum of Wrecks also has strong ties to the Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS) at Stockholm University. Archaeology is part of CEMAS’ activities, and at the moment an exciting archaeological dissertation project is underway about the flight over the Baltic Sea from the Baltics to Sweden during the end of World War II.