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The wreck was covered almost entirely by the sediment and only the eroded frames of the port-side were visible. Test trenches were dug, which revealed more of the construction, with very heavy closely spaced frames, and thick 2 inch outer and ceiling planks. The hull construction and the sharp bow is distinctive to the type of flat-bottomed coastal vessel frequently encountered in the Wadden Sea area. The wreck was associated with a Danish-type of gaff cutter suited for deep-sea fishing. This has to remain hypothetical though.

Length53.2 feet (16.2 m)
Width12.5 feet (3.8 m)


The wrecksite was surveyed within the framework of a rescue archaeology measure, as it was situated in an area subject to erosion and sea-cable installation carried out by the Waterways and Shipping Office (WSA: Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt) of Emden.

The regional branch in Oldenburg of the Lower Saxony State Office for Monument Preservation (NLD: Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) carried out a survey in August 2013 with the logistical support of the WSA.


  • Fries, J. E. (2014).
    Bericht der archäologischen Denkmalpflege 2013.
    Oldenburger Jahrbuch 114, 219-232.

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