November 26th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Remains from 1600s ship found near Stockholm hotel

Remains of a ship were found during a renovation outside Stockholm's Grand Hotel.

Remains of a ship likely from the 1600s were discovered as workers renovated a hotel in central Stockholm, the Maritime Museum said.

"The discovery of the wreck is extremely interesting given the place where it was made," Maritime Museum Director Hans-Lennarth Ohlsson said in a statement from the Stockholm museum's website. "There was a naval shipyard on this spot until the start of the 17th century."

As workers were renovating part of Stockholm's Grand Hotel, not far from the royal palace, a worker found something interesting - the discovery turned out to be excavated parts of a ship.

So archaeologists from the Maritime Museum came in to check things out - and it turns out they had quite an interesting find.

Ship planks were held together in an unusual way -- being sewn together, not nailed down.

According to Sweden's The Local, the planks found outside the hotel were not held together in the traditional way - being nailed down - but instead were sewn together with ropes.

That technique, according to The Local, was not the norm, which has made the discovery even more fascinating.

"We really know nothing about this technique other than that it was used in the east," Marine archaeologist Jim Hansson, who was called to the site, told The Local.

Hansson speculated the ship originated from east of the Baltics or Russia, according to The Local.

"We were super-excited," he told The Local of the discovery. "It may sound a little strange when one finds little excavated pieces of parts of a ship, but I have never seen anything like it."

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. phil

    It was probably a Chinese ship. One like it was found in the Sacramento River a few years ago. The Chinese did discover America in 1421. Columbus had one of their maps before he even set sail. Read "1421" by Gavin Menzies. The evidence is overwhelming.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I suppose you're also going to tell me the Chinese did his dry cleaning as well.

      November 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimE

      Sorry, but the Vikings were in North America long before Columbus. Leif Ericson landed in "Vinland" (now Newfoundland, Canada) 500 years or so before Columbus landed in the Caribbean.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DYBO

      The Vikings were there first

      November 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Sorry guys the Phoeneciens were in American 2000 years before columbus. multiple remains of their ships were discovered in Florida and NY

      November 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • skiles

      The ship was my great grandpa Hatfield!

      November 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • xiaobao

      You are aware Gavin Menzies is not a historian, and is rejected by serious academics all over the world? Especially in China?

      November 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crackula

      I'm a 5000 year old vampire and I discovered America!

      November 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice Diaz

      Sorry to burst all your bubbles, but Cubans were there before anyone "discovered" them.

      November 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      So you're saying the Chinese discovered Sweden? That a boat discovered in a place that was a Swedish shipyard was probably built on the pther side of the world? Bit of a stretch, I'd say.

      November 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Columbus gets the credit since he was the "one who wrote history". We all know the continent was populated and "discovered" before he arrived, get over it.

      November 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dslnightowl

    Chinese did not discover america lol but nice try, i think that tech was from the time of the great pryamids and the tech that was used on the nile to transport goods. It is interesting that this was found there it does,nt seem a spot for that kind of thing and i wonder what else is in the area around there, start digging people.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. noah

    MY SHIP!!!...

    November 26, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • BRETT

      omg noah hahahaha. you're my hero! (not to be confused with CNN heroes)

      November 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CaptainObvious

    Honestly CNN your censor is broken.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. D

    It can't be Noah's Ark – The Bible says the universe is about 6000 years old. God killed everyone during the flood about 1500 years after that. That would make the ark, mankind and all mammals about 4500 years old. Right??

    November 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Actually the flood is fact and happened at the end of the last ice age

      November 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sure

      Please show where the Bible states that the universe, or even the earth for that matter, is 6,000 years old. You won't be able to do so because the Bible does not refer or even allude to the age of the earth or the universe.

      November 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DYBO

      Lots of lost cities remain to be found under the sea from the last great ice age melt maybe even atlantis

      November 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    Maybe it was a sample.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chas

    Mqybe everyone posting here needs to get a life! (Myself included)

    November 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pismire

    it's really strange that they'd find ruins of a ship in a place that was a shipyard until the 17th century? Really? Maybe it was on display in the shipyard. Maybe it was being repaired or found at sea, tugged in, and left to rot. More importantly, WHOTF cares?

    November 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rita

      We don't need vulgar language

      November 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Your last sentence made you totally irrelevant.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    Interesting discovery. It's always cool to learn about the past.

    And it's always interesting to see how many ignorant people take the time to read these stories and make boneheaded comments. If you aren't interested in a story and have nothing to contribute why waste your time reading it and then inform the world that you don't care about history? If you don't care just leave.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. susan oli

    I love Noah. Wacky dude.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SeNdEm PaCkInG

    You guys should watch more History Channel. There is evidence of "A great flood" in almost every ancient culture around the same time period. Before you slander the Christian Bible you should probably consider that even most Archealogist and Historians that are non-believers still acknowledge it to be the most complete Historical Record Known of. Do some research so you can at least Slander intellegently. thanks

    November 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      That must have been some massive global warming period.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bunky

    I hope there will be follow up stories on this find. Truly fascinating.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. know your bible

    @Sure...the bible has the complete geneology of Jesus recorded for us. From Adam to Joseph, it's all there. So it's not that difficult to figure out approx. haow many years passed. About 7,000 yrs. is how long humans have been on earth, according to the bible.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • yOUR a mORON


      November 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RobRoy

    Noah? You guys still believe in Talking Snakes and Magic Apples and Noah's Ark(LOL)

    November 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice Diaz

      LOL! One day you will believe also, I hope is not too late then!

      November 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. know your bible far as how old the earth itself is, the bible doesn't say. After the earth was created, God spent several thousand years preoparing it for man to inhabit. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" it says, with no mention of when "the beginning" was. Preachers who tell you that the earth was created in seven literal days are lying to you.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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