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A day of maritime archaeology

Tomorrow I’ll join the maritime archaeologists who are excavating the 17th century warship and flagship Kronan (the Crown), if the weather is OK.

Currently I work at Kalmar County Museum, who are responsible for the excavations of and collections salvaged from Kronan, therefore I get the chance to do some volunteer work on the dig. I won’t dive but rather help out on-board.

Kronan was found 1980 by amateur researcher Anders Franzén who also found the ship Vasa in Stockholm ström in the 1950s. Since then maritime archaeological excavations and surveys has been conducted annually. More than 30000 artifacts have been salvaged over the years, many are on display at Kalmar County museum exhibit.

Kronan was built 1668-1672 and sunk just four years later on June 1st 1676 outside of Öland in the Baltic Sea. She capsized, exploded and sank during a battle between the Swedish naby and the joined Danish-Dutch fleet. More than 800 men went with her and only some forty men survived. It went down and rests at approximately 27 meters depth.

On Kalmar County Museum museum webpage (which is translatable to several languages) there’s lots more facts and pictures as well as on Wikipedia (English version).

So let us hope Poseidon is in a good mood tomorrow as we “set sail”.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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