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.