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article imageMarine archaeologist in Sweden discovers 17th century shipwrecks

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 29, 2013 in World
Stockholm - A marine archaeologist in Sweden was out for a springtime walk when he came upon an unusual sight along the Stockholm waterfront. It turned out to be two shipwrecks.
Jim Hansson, a marine archaeologist in Stockholm, was walking along Kastellholmen island with his girlfriend last weekend enjoying a sunny day. During the stroll he noticed an unusual sight in the water. Upon further investigation, he found a previously undiscovered shipwreck.
Currently, the water levels are lower than usual.
"I was stunned by how big it was," marine archaeologist Jim Hansson told The Local about his remarkable discovery. He told The Local if it had only been a beam or two sticking out, he might not have taken notice, but it was the pattern of wood that caught his eye.
"I saw immediately that it was a shipwreck. You could clearly see the bow and the stern," Hansson said. "There are lots of wrecks around Stockholm but you rarely find anything this big. It's incredible."
As he looked at the shipwreck, he noticed another one right near the first one he'd seen. Reportedly, one of the wrecks was a known find, but had been forgotten since it was uncovered in the 1940s, reported The Local.
It is believed that both ships are 17th-century Danish warships. One is identified as probably being the Grå Ulven ('Gray Wolf'), which is said to have sunk in 1670. The second ship is believed to be the Den Stora Draken ('The Big Dragon').
Historical accounts indicate both ships sunk in the area.
Getty images has published a photo of Jim Hansson and Goran Ekberg of the Sjohistoriska maritime museum examining the shipwrecks. The duo was collecting wood samples on Thursday to confirm the identity of the two ships.
Hansson is actively involved in these types of finds. In 2010, CNN reported he'd examined a ship, believed to be from the 1600s, found on the site of a hotel in Stockholm.
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