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Centuries-Old Shipwreck Chock-Full Of Gold Found Off Finnish Coast
 


 The Huffington Post    |  By  Jacqueline Howard   
 
Posted:  05/08/2015 8:29 am EDT    Updated:  05/08/2015 9:59 am EDT

More than $150 million worth of gold treasure has been found in a centuries-old shipwreck discovered recently off the coast of Finland -- and it has archaeologists going gaga.

Divers found the ship and its treasure -- 10,000 gold coins and jewelry
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/treasure-filled-wreck-found-in-finland-150505.htm
 -- south of the Finnish island of Jussarö, Discovery News reported.

(Scroll down for photos.)

The divers think the sunken vessel, a legendary 15th-century ship named Hanneke Wrome, sank in a storm.
http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/a1430370715237
 According to historic documents, the ship had more than 200 passengers and crew members aboard.
http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/gold-filled-wreck-found-in-finland-photos-150505.htm
 In addition to the coins and jewelry, it carried 200 parcels of fabric and 1,200 barrels of honey.

"It was one of the major maritime casualties of the time," Rauno Koivusaari, who led the team of divers,
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 told Discovery News about the ship. "The wreck is scattered in east-west direction, confirming the dynamic of the sinking during the eastern storm."

Hanneke Wrome was one of two ships that left Luebeck, Germany, for Tallinn, Estonia in northern Europe on Nov. 11, 1468,

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/01/c_134202485.htm
China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Heavy storms forced the ships to the more northerly coast of Finland, where the Hanneke Wrome sank. The other ship survived the journey to Tallinn.

The Finnish National Board of Antiquities plans to study the shipwreck this summer, according to Xinhua.









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http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/treasure-filled-wreck-found-in-finland-150505.htm

Archaeology

Treasure-Filled Wreck Found in Finland
 
 May 5, 2015 02:12 PM ET  //  by  Rossella Lorenzi

A fabulous sunken treasure may be recovered off Finland coast as archaeologist divers say they have found the wreck of a legendary 15th-century vessel.

According to historic documents, the Hanneke Wrome was one of two ships that left Luebeck, Germany, for Tallinn, Estonia, on Nov. 11, 1468.

Records also indicate the cargo included 10,000 gold coins and gold jewelry — a treasure estimated to be worth more than $150 million today.

Photos: Gold-Filled Wreck Found in Finland

Strong east winds, actually very rare in Finland, caught both vessels. While the other ship managed to get to Tallinn, the Hanneke Wrome went down in the storm with more than 200 passengers and crew.

“It was one of the major maritime casualties of the time and it wasn’t the only one to occur on that route,” team leader Rauno Koivusaari said.

In 1994 the Ms Estonia sank while crossing the Baltic Sea, en route from Tallinn to Stockholm. Taking 852 lives, the sinking was one of the worst disasters at sea of the 20th century.

An experienced wreck researcher who also discovered the treasure-filled Vrouw Maria in 1999, Koivusaari found what he believes is the Hanneke Wrome’s wreck south of the Finnish island of Jussarö.

“The wreck is scattered in east-west direction, confirming the dynamic of the sinking during the eastern storm,” Koivusaari told Discovery News.

Photos: Recovering a Silver Treasure

He added that documents in Tallin state archives record two different distances for the ship sinking, one 10 miles from Tallin and other 14 miles from Tallin.

“Both of them were right. One measured the distance in Hanseatic nautical miles and the other used the league, a unit of lenght invented by Romans and still in use at that time. The ship was found right at that recorded distance,” Koivusaari said.

Measuring some 130 feet in length, the Hanneke Wrome appears in an underwater video shot by team member Micke Ahgren.

The footage shows well-preserved sections of the wooden hull and even an anchor.

“It is right the kind of anchor used in the Hanseatic ships,” Koivusaari said.

Sunken ‘Ship of Gold’ Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Treasures

He added the wreck shows it was built in the construction style of a cog ship, but it is bigger and may be a hulk ship instead. Hulk ships were mostly used as a river or canal boats.

“The wreck has more than one mast, perhaps even three. I could see a joint knee integrated with the ship ribs. This is strange, but really nobody knows much of this ship style,” Koivusaari said.

Koivusaari and his team have so far identified a few items.

Video: Cool Jobs: Shipwreck Explorer

“There were roof tiles, an unknown lead object and barrel lids. Researchers at the University of Helsinki are currently trying to find out if they belong to honey barrels,” he said.

“However, we have not started to make any excavation yet,” Koivusaari said.

Finland’s National Board of Antiquities has planned further investigations of the wreck in the summer, which include dating of the wood to confirm the vessel is indeed the Hanneke Wrome.

If recovered, the sunken treasure will become property of the Finnish government.



Image: Underwater image of the wreck. Credit: Rauno Koivusaari


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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-05/01/c_134202485.htm


Finnish archaeologist claims finding wreck of legendary medieval ship
 
 English.news.cn   2015-05-01 19:46:03   

 
  HELSINKI, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Finnish archaeologist diver Rauno Koivusaari said his team has found the wreck of a ship that went down with especially valuable cargo on Nov. 20, 1468.

Koivusaari made the remarks in an interview that was published on Friday by Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat with pictures of large oak parts of the ship.

The ship was allegedly one of two vessels that left Luebeck, Germany, for Tallinn on Nov. 11, 1468. Heavy storms forced them to the more northerly coast of Finland. The Hanneke Wrome sank while the other ship managed to get to Tallinn.

According to historic records, the ship carried 10,000 gold coins and various consumer merchandise. As some 200 passengers and crew drowned, the loss of the Hanneke Wrome was one of the major disasters of the time.

Intendant Maija Matikka at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities told the newspaper that final proof of the identity will depend on age definition of the wood.

The Board will participate in further investigations in the coming summer.

Koivusaari is a distinguished Finnish diver who was in charge of a group of divers that discovered the wreck of Vrouw Maria in 1999. The current team included divers from Finland, Sweden and Chile.




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