They find a warship sunk almost 400 years ago in Denmark

They find a warship sunk almost 400 years ago in Denmark



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The remains are believed to belong to the Delmenhorst, one of the first ships built according to the drawing, which was destroyed in a battle against the Swedes.

The remains of a 17th century shipwreck were found about 150 meters off the southern coast of the Danish island of Lolland, in the western part of the Baltic Sea.

According a statement from the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, the remains, measuring 7 × 31 meters, are well visible and lie at a depth of only 3.5 meters.

«We found an oval pile of stones, shaped like a ship. […] Among rocks and algae we could see the frames of the ship and the one-inch-thick cladding plates«Said the museum inspector responsible for the works, Morten Johansen.

«On the first dive, the sun shone through the water and made dozens of shattered and melted bronze cannons glow like gold amid the charred remains«He added.

According to archaeologists, the shipwreck almost certainly belongs to the Delmenhorst, a Danish warship sunk at the Battle of Fehmarn in 1644.

The combat was the culmination of the Torstenson War between Sweden and Denmark and the Holy Roman Empire (1643-1645), in which Stockholm gained dominance over the Baltic. Previously in the area, two other ships of the Danish fleet had already been found destroyed in the same battle.

«It is an exciting shipwreck. First of all, it is the last of the ships sunk in the Battle of Fehmarn. […] Secondly, Delmenhorst is special, because it is one of the first ships built following a plan“Says Johansen.

As for the unusual position of the wreckage, scientists assume that Delmenhorst's crew tried to save the ship by taking it to the Lolland coastline, where it would be protected by a strong coastal battery. However, the Swedes managed to burn the ship with a blast, causing it to sink in shallow water.

The works are expected to last five weeks. Then, from some 30,000 photographs, a 3D digital model of the Delmenhorst will be created and the remains will remain in place.

"In this way, the shipwreck can be displayed digitally in the museum, even though it is still at the bottom of the sea," Johansen said.


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