Divers from Finland have found a 400-year old ship in the depths of the Baltic Sea which offers a “unique insight” into boating history of the 1600s. The boat, which is an example of a Dutch ‘fluit’ (or fluyt), was found near the mouth of the Gulf of Finland, in the east of the Baltic Sea.
Researchers have found many ocean artefacts around that way as the Baltic Sea is one of the few places in the world where wooden ships can be preserved almost perfects.
Due to the almost freezing temperatures, microorganisms find it difficult to flourish, meaning there is less to break down the ship.
Many ships have been found in this reason, according to the researchers of the Badewanne diving team, who state the area was an important trade route in the 17th century.
Researchers behind the discovery also stated that the ships were a key tool in the beginning of globalisation.
The ship in question was found at a depth of 85 metres and has only sustained minimal damage.
A statement from Badewanne said: “There is only slight damage from a pelagic trawl.
“The trawl seems to have swept her from bow towards the aft, dislocating the stem, damaging the poop deck and the topmost part of the typical Fluit transom somewhat.
“Apart from these damages, the wreck is intact, holds are full, and all side planking is firmly in place.”