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Archaeologists in bid to identify 300-year old shipwreck found near Drumbeg
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Experts examine the shipwreck (Photo courtesy Daily Record)


SCOTLAND - ARCHAEOLOGISTS are trying to identity a three-century old shipwreck found off the Highlands.

Three cannons, cannonballs, anchors and part of a wooden hull were discovered 15 meters down on the seabed near Drumbeg in Sutherland.

Experts believe it could be the remains of a Dutch vessel that sank more than 300 years ago.

Scallop divers have known of the wreck site in Eddrachillis Bay but archaeologists from WA Coastal and Marine began to examine the ship on behalf of Historic Scotland.

It was confirmed to be of national historical importance and is now one of seven shipwreck sites proposed for the Scottish Government’s new Historic Marine Protected Area status.

Charity WA Coastal and Marine used a diver-based imaging technique to create 3D models of the site and the cannons. The models are being used in the effort to better understand the wreck’s story.

Dr Jonathan Benjamin, of WA Coastal and Marine and the University of Edinburgh, was one of the divers on the four-day survey. He said yesterday: “It is too early to say exactly when this vessel sank or who its crew were but the finds indicate it could be dated from 1650 to 1750. This is a very exciting addition to the heritage assets on Scotland’s seabed’s. There are very few intact wooden vessels of this age.”

The cannons have been identified as being of a type cast in Sweden for use by the Dutch. One theory is that the vessel was owned by the Dutch East India Company, also known as VOS.

They were one of the world’s biggest and most powerful trading companies until collapsing in 1799.

Their vessels regularly sailed around the north of Scotland because of the favorable winds and to avoid the English Channel, particularly at times of war and tensions in Europe.

Courtesy: Daily Record
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