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Warship sea monster figurehead raised from Baltic

The figurehead of a 15th century Danish warship has been raised from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. A wooden sea monster emerged on Tuesday from the Baltic sea after lying on the seabed off the southern Swedish town of Ronneby for more than 500 years. Representing a ferocious looking creature with

Drinkable 200-year-old alcohol found in shipwreck

A 200-year-old bottle recovered from a Baltic Sea shipwreck contains alcohol...that's still drinkable! At the beginning of July, researchers submitted the bottle and its contents for testing to the J.S. Hamilton chemical laboratory in Gdynia, Poland, to see if the vessel contained original "Selters" water, or whether it had been refilled

Medieval silver treasure found on Baltic island

A trove of 650 pieces of silver coins has been found on the Baltic island of Gotland. “This is an amazing find. It’s unbelievable that treasures of this scale exist here on Gotland,” Marie Louise Hellquist of Gotland’s County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) told local newspaper Hela Gotland. The medieval treasure was uncovered

Recovered WWII plane wreck misidentified

Remember the Stuka JU87 that was recovered from the bottom of the Baltic Sea after crashing into the waters during WWII? Turns out the plane is actually a larger JU88 bomber, and they found partial human remains inside. "It looked just like the Stuka in the underwater pictures — everything that

WWII bomber recovered from Baltic Sea floor

German military divers have recovered the remains of a rare Stuka dive-bomber wreck found recently on the floor of the Baltic Sea. More photos can be seen here. [thx to Chulian for the links!] The Stuka wreck, first discovered in the 1990s when a fisherman's nets snagged on it, lies about

The oldest fishing traps in the world

Swedish archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest wooden fishing traps on the floor of the Baltic sea. The find, located of the eastern coast of Skåne County, consists of an arrangement of several finger-width sticks dated to be 9,000 years old. "It's the world's oldest find of fishing equipment," Johan Rönnby, a

Kaiser Wilhelm’s urinal found on sunken WWI ship

Maritime archaeologists have found a urinal used by Kaiser Wilhelm II on the wreck of the Udine, a light-cuirse which was sunk by the Royal Navy during WWI. At the time the significance of the urinal went unnoticed until later research revealed that the urinal was part of a special bathroom

The world’s oldest drinkable champagne

Divers have discovered what may be the world's oldest drinkable champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. Diving instructor Christian Ekstrom said the bottles are believed to be from the 1780s and likely were part of a cargo destined for Russia. The nationality of the sunken ship has not