18th Century Russian Ship to Be Raised
Novosti) — A Russian ship which sank in 1771 off the coast
of Finland is to be raised, Russia’s cultural watchdog said.
ship Vrouw Maria sank in the Baltic Sea in 1771 while carrying
works of art bought by the Russian empress, Catherine the Great,
cargo contained around 300 works of art, including paintings
by Rembrandt, as well as jewelry, silverware, etchings and
the ship was discovered by Finnish explorers and the cargo
was proclaimed the property of Finland, in line with international
the cargo, which lay at a depth of 41 meters, was undamaged
as it was wrapped in buckskin and kept in lead containers filled
treasures, which could be worth millions of dollars, have remained
a sore issue in Russian-Finnish relations. The Finnish government
failed to begin salvage work immediately due to insufficient
Ministry of Culture, together with its Swedish partners, is
to launch a joint operation to rescue the ship’s cargo.