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. jus fun n games

    oh yea. her name was Mary W.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jus fun n games

    what does this have to do with old ships?
    A ship is a penis.
    Do we put ships within ships?
    Ask cpt. bly

    November 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jus fun n games

    btw ... life is a school, learn something.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. historian

    Discovery of anything or any place only requires the absence of prior knowledge.So, just about anybody that you believe he/she discovered America probably 'discovered' it. The question is who was the first to 'discover' it? Not Columbus and probably not Chinese either. Ask those who had already inhabited the land that he/she claimed to have discovered!

    November 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jus fun n games

    more like insects climbing up a tree
    hoping for the big prize ... but all they saw was their face in the mirror.
    What will you do when you meet your maker?
    or... yourself in the mirror.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Humanbeing

    bless you and change me, and lets just focus on the above find! which is truly amazing!

    November 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. epf3

    Calm down guys, WikiLeaks will tell the true.

    November 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fun Science Experiments

    Hi mate,
    This was an excellent page for such a complicated subject to talk about.

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    July 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
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