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  • 2015-08-14

    A unique salvage operation in Ronneby – “The Monster” sees the light of day after 500 years under water

    The unique figurehead from the 15th century ship “Gribshunden” was salvaged on Tuesday 11 August, following its discovery during diving operations in June.

    Bild på det unika fyndetThis figurehead was positioned at the fore of the ship, and was carved from the top of a 3.40 m-long beam. It has the appearance of the grimacing head of a dog or other monstrous animal, and may depict the very “Grip Dog” that the name of the ship (“Gribshunden”) reflects.

    Bild på fyndetNo similar item from the 15th century has ever been found anywhere in the world. This “monster” last saw the light of day at the end of the 15th century, the period in which Columbus discovered America and Leonardo da Vinci was creating his masterpieces.

    It is now resting in a waterbath at the Blekinge Museum storehouse, while waiting for the preservation procedure. It is hoped that it will later be possible to exhibit the figurehead at Blekinge Museum in Karlskrona.

    Background
    The wreck was discovered in the 1970s by sport divers, but it was several decades before it was identified as the Danish royal ship Gribshunden, which sank in 1495. This ship belonged to Danish King Hans, who had anchored in Ronneby on his way to Kalmar to negotiate the Kalmar Union. The ship caught fire and sank following an accident.

    The project is a co-op between: MARIS, a centre for maritime archeological research at Södertörn University, Blekinge länsmuseum, Marin Mätteknik and Deep Sea Production.  

    Some of the news about Gribshunden

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    Reuters