Research / Projects

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

Ghost ship. Photo: Johan RönnbyA 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

Deep sea 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

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

Read more

Article in Hydro International, February 2010

Scientific project plan - Applicaton 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)

Publications

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

AuthorPublishing yearSubject

Malcolm Dixelius

Johan Rönnby

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2011

School/Centre

MARIS

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

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Research area for doctoral studies

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Populär Arkeologi 2010, 4 : 20-24.

AuthorPublishing yearSubject
Johan Rönnby

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe

No
2010

School/Centre

MARIS

School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

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Research area for doctoral studies

-

Status

Finished

Project Manager

Johan Rönnby
Professor, Professor
School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

More information

Project start: 2009
Project end: 2013

Financier: KK-stiftelsen

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: Yes

Information på svenska

Subjects to which the project is linked

School/centre to which the project is linked

Research area for doctoral studies to which the project is linked