Although the precise dating of this ship is not known, it has been traditionally thought to be one of the ten ships of the Swedish fleet under admiral Clas Larsson Fleming that wrecked at Cape Kolka (Domesnes) in 1625, current Latvia.

Ten Swedish ships

At the night from September 20–21, Swedish fleet that sailed in the direction of Ruhnu Island under admiral Fleming lost its direction in storm and thinking that they are near the Ruhnu Island, dropped anchor. In fact the ships were near the Cape Kolka, and during the storm 10 out of the 14 ships in the fleet were lost when driven into shallow water, including the flagship Gustavus. Only the ships Stockholm, Achilles, Jupiter and Apollo survived.

First cultural monument

The wreck was discovered in 1992 and in 2011 it was filmed, measured and sketched by the divers of the NGO Latvian Underwater Cultural Heritage Association. This was the first wreck to be listed in the Latvian national register of cultural monuments in 2012. Until now, no more in-depth research of the wreck has been made, so it’s association with the disaster of the Swedish fleet in 1625 remains uncertain, as the territory around Cape Kolka is littered with shipwrecks from different centuries.

Kolka wreck I is just 60 m off-shore at Cape Kolka (Domesnes). The wreck is surprisingly well preserved although it’s resting not so deep and close to the shore. The bow of the ship is pointing south-west, with the wreck being periodically washed in and out from the sand.

Built: 17th century (?)

Sank: 1625 (?)

Ship type: wooden (oak) sailing ship

Length: 20 meters

Width: 6 meters

Height: visible parts are 0,5–2 meters in height

Depth: 1,5–3 meters