Ertilly Well-Proved 17th Century Ship Found in Deep Water of Baltic Sea

Exploring the depths of the Baltic Sea, divers from Finland have made an unexpected discovery, finding an incredibly well-preserved shipwreck for almost 400 years.

Volunteer divers from the nonprofit Badewanne team sink more often during the 20th-century World War and World War II sea battles, so there appears to be a largely unpublished Dutch merchant vessel from the 17th century that was a big surprise .

An example of a Dutch ‘fluit’ (or flute), a vessel in the eastern waters of the Baltic, was found near the mouth of the Gulf of Finland.

At a depth of about 85 meters (about 280 feet), the Badwane diving team discovered this Dutch time capsule lying on the seashore, almost completely preserved and intact.


With fishing nets reflecting only minor damage from later pelvic trawling, the vessel is otherwise frozen to a sort of 17th-century halt, the team says, thanks to the water’s properties in this part of the sea – Where a combination of low levels of salinity, temperature, and light may be able to submerge to remain virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.

In hot water, wood-boring organisms thrive, and such residues can cause untold damage, but here, the chemistry of the Baltic – and the unknown nature of Flute’s sinking – has given us a remarkable relic for further investigation. Left with.

Even the ship’s hold is full, with divers saying that there is still a stock of provisions and that credit has been there since the cargo ships had largely dominated the maritime trade in this part of the world. Are being given.

These ships, which emerged in their first iterations in the 16th century, abandoned everything for their all-important cargo. Unlike other boats of the time designed to switch between operating as cargo ships and war ships, the three-masted flute is a cost-effective and distinctive design designed to maximize cargo capacity as a whole. has been done.

Because of this, it could carry twice as much cargo as rival ships, and advanced rigging systems ensured that its smaller sailing capabilities could be handled by smaller crews, making Flute a more profitable vessel to operate. .

010 flute 3A view of the main cabin in the stern. (Badewanne)

Despite the success and popularity of the design between the 16th and 18th centuries, relatively little fluid remains to this day. Further investigation of this particular discovery may reveal interesting facts about these historical treasures.

“The wreck has unearthed many features of the Fleet, but some distinctive features, not least the construction of the stern,” says marine archaeologist Niklas Eriksson of Stockholm University, Sweden. Search.

“It may be that this is an early example of design. The wreck thus provides a unique opportunity to investigate the evolution of a ship type that sailed around the world and became the tool that laid the foundation for early modern globalization. . ”