Russia to Follow China to Raise 18th Century Ship from Seabed

by OldSailor on February 15, 2008


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Following the footsteps of China, now Russia is planning to raise a ship from seabed, which sank in Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland at a depth of 41 metres in the year 1771. I guess further details available here are about the same ship the Russians are talking about.

It seems the inspiration to recover the ship has come from China, which successfully recovered a vessel named Nanhai No.1, or South China Sea No.1 in December 2007.

Here are some interesting features of Chinese recovery of the vessel.

  • the raised vessel is 30.4 metres long and 9.8 metres wide, which sank off the south China coast 800 years ago at a depth of 30 metres.
  • the vessel had on board 80,000 items including gold and silver utensils, glazed porcelain plates and about 6,000 coins, thought to be bound for trade with European countries.
  • the total value of the shipwreck is estimated to be more than 100 billion U.S. Dollars.
  • the sunken vessel was discovered in 1987 and it took 20 years of planning to salvage.

After recovery, the vessel was housed in a glass pool in a museum called Crystal Palace which is 64 meters long, 40 meters wide and 23 meters high. The glass pool contains seawater and is about 12 meters in depth.

Here is salvaged Nanhai No. 1, or South China Sea No.1 in a steel box and Crystal Palace where the vessel is housed

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