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Äpplet – sister ship of the Vasa – found off Sweden

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Maritime archaeologists from Vrak Museum have located the wreck of the Äpplet – sister vessel of the famous sailing ship Vasa – near Vaxholm, one of the islands near Stockholm.

Swedish media broke the news yesterday (Monday 24 October) – after all, it is not everyday that a shipwreck dating from 1629 is discovered!

The exciting find was first located back in December 2021. At that time, a team of the museum's marine archaeologists were working with the Swedish Navy exploring the waters around Vaxholm when they discovered the remains of a huge ship.

Äpplet
Diver on the Äpplet shipwreck

They subsequently conducted a series of tests, collecting measurements, wood samples and more, and were able to confirm it was the Äpplet – a vessel commissioned by King Gustav II Adolf, and sister ship to the legendary Vasa, which can be viewed fully intact and in amazing condition in the Vrak Museum.

The archaeologists returned to the wreck site in spring 2022, and carried out a more-thorough and detailed survey of the remnants of the shipwreck.

Äpplet
The lower sections of the Äpplet are intact

Photo credit: Jim Hansson / VRAK / SMTM

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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