Finnish archaeologists find wreck of 15th century ship laden with €50 million worth of treasure
An archaeological diving team in Finland said they have found the wreck of the Hanneke Wrome, which sank with valuable cargo and some 200 passengers and crew on 20 November 1468. Historic documents record the ship as carrying 10,000 gold coins, estimated to be worth around €50 million today.
Finnish Daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that diver and wreck researcher Rauno Koivusaari, Finland’s most experienced wreck researcher who discovered the famous treasure ship Vrouw Maria in 1999, found the treasured shipwreck just south of the island of Jussarö in Finland
The Hanneke Wromen was one of two ships on its way from Luebeck in Germany to Tallinn in Estonia when it was hit by heavy storms that forced it to move closer to coast of Finland. This ship sank while the other ship managed to reach Tallinn. The accident killed all 200 passengers and crew on board and was considered one of the most serious disasters to occur in the Baltic Sea at the time.
The ship is known to have been carrying 200 parcels of fabric, 1,200 barrels of honey and 10,000 gold coins. Some of the cargo was successfully retrieved, while other items were washed up on the beaches over many years. The coins, however, sunk with the ship and have never been retrieved.
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Sketch of the Hanneke Wromen made according to the instructions of Rauno Koivusaari