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. RobRoy

    I didnt realize you people are serious and believe the Jewish fairytails called the Old Testament. Incredible! No wonder there is so much war in the world, the bible is a very violent book all about slaying your enemies and garbage like that. I always figured God was peace not kill you neighbor but love your neighbor.

    November 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    The salutreans discovered america 20000 years ago from the east, the asians came fromt he west roughly 170000 years ago

    November 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    400 years. The time sure fly by, and the kids sure grew up fast.

    November 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tssshhhh

    Reading over these comments I realize how un-important history is becoming to me. There is always some tool trying to scream at me about how it 'really' went, or 'really' was. Your Wikipedia clipboard cache is full. Go to the gym or find a girlfriend, please.

    November 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Enlightenment

    It's a shame that there isn't anyone to take a clear stand, based on the very basic facts, doing their own homework, and realize that there is a God. He is God Almighty. To believe otherwise would be admitting that YOU are nothing more than one BIG mistake! Who knows perhaps you are! I would rather be wrong in my belief and lived a good life to the best of my ability than to think I am always right and end up in a place of torture for ETERNITY! Might want to investigate both sides fully, to the best of your ability, and make at least a logical decision if you have to, if not, then a spiritual one.

    November 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Sorry Enlightenment but I don't need a god to legitimize my existence or try and scare me into obedience. Science tells me that every atom in my body was formed in the heart of long vanished stars. I find the thought of that connection with the universe inexpressably beautiful and certainly not to be described as "a mistake". Your god limits you.

      November 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jus fun n games

    why, is it called litter ature.
    all created by imagination and time and space.

    November 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jus fun n games

    what is a sperm ... a star
    what is an egg ... a water planet
    creation 101

    November 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jus fun n games

    its just a boat ... but its a cool find
    and those goblets in ancient site .. um something to drink out of maybe huh

    November 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bozo

    Maybe this ship had caste iron bars and glass beads for cargo. African tribaal leaders loved to trade their tribespeople for these items especially.

    November 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. purtbrwowniz

    Wow... i thought this story was a neat little tale about a ship. not about anybodys beliefs and a way to diss the Bible.. seriously?! WRONG... you should be thankful he included you in his great plan.. and the selling of africans?... bigot. foolishness and pathic. nice story!

    November 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    I learned something new, an egg is a water planet and a sperm is a star. Interesting lecture Professor of Science.

    November 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jus fun n games

    to view the real creation from the smallest place is amazing. makes you fill as if you must stand absolutely still less you hurt something or someone. ALL seeds are stars. They require a water planet to make something of themselves.
    Just like you.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jus fun n games

    which is why god has so much trouble where you fools put your stars.
    like up another mans a** or down their digestive system ... that IS the cause of cancer and multiple other ailments like AIDS etc. no conspiracy.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jus fun n games

    not to mention worms.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jus fun n games

    women act GAY not men!
    That was all due to a curse by an evil witch who didn't want the beautiful men to get together with their beautiful female mates because she hates beautiful women. Including her own children. What a loser!

    November 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
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