Valuable wreck finds in Karlskrona the city’s first warship Blekinge

By on February 4, 2017

The wreck that was found in the Karlskrona naval port last year is most likely the ship Blekinge. In 1682, she was the first warship which took place in Karlskrona and was the start of the city’s famous naval history.

– It’s great that it has now been able to confirm that this is a historically important find, says Carolina Lorentzon Nilsson, information manager at the Swedish Armed Forces.

Last fall, got Blekinge County Administrative Board tips on a wreck indication where older maps indicating the wreck Blekinge. Armed Forces / Naval Base had with the help of sonar found several indications of shipwrecks. Previously, the maps proved to be good and the County Administrative Board therefore gave the Swedish National Maritime Museums, which the Maritime Museum, the Naval Museum and the Vasa Museum are included, the task of making a final assessment. The study was funded by the County Administration Blekinge county.

The wreck dimensions reminiscent in size and design of the timber which was documented on the wreck of royal ship Solen, which was found by the Maritime Museum’s marine archaeologists at the Lindholm bridge in 2015. It involves a large heavily ship, which can be likened to the Vasa, although she was of previous model.

The ship Blekinge may have been put deliberately on the ground for use as a blockhouse. Cannon tires above the surface was used then as cannon platforms to defend the naval port. A provisional solution when you could not afford defense facilities, because of the then King Karl XII’s costly war expeditions, said Jim Hansson, marine archaeologist at the Maritime Museum.

Jim Hansson says that the wreck is largely hidden in a thick layer of sediment that is seemingly unaffected by the shipping in the harbor. This means that the lower parts of the wreck is probably relatively intact. A dozen ribs sticking out of the sediments and some timber, that floor timbers and planking, lying loosely on the ground.

We want as far as possible, linked to security, to safeguard and protect the part of the world-historical heritage that exists within the naval harbor, says Carolina Lorentzon Nilsson, information manager at the Swedish Armed Forces.

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