Forskning / Projekt

The Ghost Ship - New methods in maritime archaeology for investigating and interpreting deep water wrecks

Ghost shipA shipwreck lies in compact darkness, 125 metres down on the seafloor in the middle of the Baltic Sea. It is almost completely intact, even though it sank almost 400 years ago.

In 2003, Deep Sea Productions and MMT (Marin Mätteknik) discovered an exceptionally well-preserved shipwreck about 30 nautical miles east of the island of Gotska Sandön. The discovery was made using side scan sonar during a search for a Swedish reconnaisance plane that was shot down by the Soviet Union in that area in 1952. An inspection of the shipwreck with ROV showed the wreck to be an almost intact merchant ship from the 17th century.

The discoverers of the wreck have worked with MARIS at Södertörn University since 2009, as part of an international scientific project with the objective of examining the wreck, now dubbed "The Ghost Ship". The examination shows that the ship is of the fluyt type and about 25 metres long. Construction details and wood samples indicate that the ship sank in around 1650.

Besides an archaeological survey, the Ghost Ship project also aims to develop new technological methods for deep water archaeology and documentation at depths that are out of reach for divers. Ongoing work is being documented in a television film, in cooperation with National Geographic Television, to be aired in the spring of 2011.

Partners and funding

logoThe Ghost Ship Project is a cooperation between Deep Sea Productions, MMT (Marin Mätteknik)  and MARIS at Södertörn University.

Other partners taking part in the research are:

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KK-loggaThe Ghost Ship project receives financial support from the Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen), Sweden.

 

Read more

Article in Hydro International, February 2011

Scientific Projectplan - Application to the Knowledge Foundation 2009

 

The Ghost Ship Exhibition

A unique model of the Ghost Ship is the basis of a new exhibition in the University Library.
Opening of the exhibition: Monday 6 October 2014 at 16.00, Södertörn University Library.

Link to folder (pdf)

Publikationer

Hydro International 2011, 15 (1): 14-18.

FörfattarePubliceringsårÄmne

Malcolm Dixelius

Johan Rönnby

Östersjö- och Östeuropaanknytning

Nej
2011

Institution/Centrumbildning

Historia och samtidsstudierMARIS

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Forskarutbildningsområde

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Populär Arkeologi 2010, 4 : 20-24.

FörfattarePubliceringsårÄmne
Johan Rönnby

Östersjö- och Östeuropaanknytning

Nej
2010

Institution/Centrumbildning

Historia och samtidsstudierMARIS

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Forskarutbildningsområde

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Status

Avslutad

Projektledare

Johan Rönnby
Professor, Professor
Institutionen för historia och samtidsstudier

Mer information

Projektstart: 2009
Projektslut: 2013

Finansiär: KK-stiftelsen

Projektet har Östersjö- och Östeuropaanknytning: Ja

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