Monday, November 01, 2004


Unique 300-year old shipwreck discovered


The Norway Post

A well preserved wreck of a large sailing ship from around 1750 has been discovered at a depth of around 170 metres, only 500-600 metres from the township of Bud in Romsdal, in the north west coastal waters of Hustadvika.

The wreck was found during surveying work in connection with the planned Hydro underwater pipeline which will be built to the Ormen Lange shore terminal which is under construction at Aukra.The find is unique, also internationally.

It is located at a depth of 170 metres, too deep for divers. It has therefore not been pillaged by wreck robbers. Neither has it been destroyed by trawls or nets.

The seabottom around the wreck is virtually covered by historically valuable artifacts, like old wine and liquor bottles, ceramics, chinaware, the ship's bell, two cannons, kitchen utencils and remnants of the ship's rigging and woodwork.

There are no local records of this shipwreck, and the ship's nationality is not yet determined. Most probably it is a trading vessel. The ship is at least 40 metres long, and probably well preserved, since it is covered by sandy silt.

Hydro Section Head Peter Bryn says the main pipeline will have to be moved 60-70 metres away from the wreck, and some smaller pipelines will be re-routed further away from the find.

The work of registering and recovering the individual artifacts, as well as probing into the silt will have to be completed by the end of 2005, since the building of the pipeline will begin in 2006.


Rolleiv Solholm

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