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Norwegian Divers Discover 300-Year-Old Wreck of Irish Sailing Ship

27th January 2021
A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720 A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720 Credit: Per-Kare Sandback/NRK

Norwegian divers have discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck of an Irish sailing ship on the sea bottom outside Mandal in Southern Norway.

The Irish ship, named "The Providentz", sunk in November 1720.

It is reported by the Norwegian NRK journalist, Siv Kristin Sællmann, that all crew members were saved, but the ship was left at the sea bottom. Divers and archaeologists are astonished by how well-preserved the ship and its possessions are.

The ship and most of the possessions will be left on the sea bottom for divers to explore freely.

Click here for a link to the article (text in Norwegian) but you can view more photos and a video of the wreck on the NRK TV website.

Published in Historic Boats, Diving
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