The Swedish Maritime Administration conducted the first studies of the underwater object Okänt Skepp, which in Swedish means “unknown ship”. Experts believe that it is at least 500 years old and the ship could well have had no official name, since it was not common at that time. But all the more interesting - after all, by indirect signs, this shipwreck may be the oldest in the Baltic, and most of all intriguing is the fact that the ship is perfectly preserved.
Okänt Skepp was discovered while exploring the seabed for a new gas pipeline. The wreckage of the ship lies at a depth of 140 m, in an unfavorable layer of cold water with increased salinity and complete darkness. This is probably why it is so perfectly preserved - experts are wondering why the ship sank at all, because in the video and in the 3D model it looks almost intact.
Okänt Skepp retains long masts and some of the rigging, which is extremely unusual - as a rule, they break first. Technological holes for tools, elements of decoration are visible, even a boat remained on the ship, from which we can conclude that the team did not evacuate. But the ship is not small, its length is almost 18 m, which is only slightly less than the "Santa Maria", on which about the same time Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean.
At the moment, only underwater robots have descended to the Okänt Skepp, which have carried out inspection and video filming. But even this data is enough to conclude that this is the oldest and best-preserved ship from the wrecks in the Baltic. While it is difficult to say anything about his origin, what flag he flew under, what he transported and why he sank. Swedish scientists plan to conclude an agreement with power engineers in order to have time to organize another expedition before the start of laying the gas pipeline.