ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀʏ ᴀs ʜᴜɢᴇ 𝟺𝟶ғᴛ sʜɪᴘᴡʀᴇᴄᴋ ‘ʜᴜɴᴅʀᴇᴅs ᴏғ ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ’ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀs ᴏɴ ʙᴇᴀᴄʜ

The 40ft wreck was discovered on a beach near the Lativan capital Riga, and evidence gathered at the site has led experts to believe that the ship could be hundreds of years old

The wreck was found on a beach near Riga in Latvia (Image: Rigas Brivosta via Pen News)
A mysterious 40ft shipwreck that is potentially hundreds of years old has been discovered on a Latvian beach.

Locals found the wreck on Daugavgrīva beach near the country’s capital Riga when they came across some exposed beams.

But when excavators arrived to investigate further, the full scale of the shipwreck was revealed.

One section of the wreckage was revealed to be 39ft long and 13ft wide.

The exact origin of the ship has yet to be discovered, but evidence at the site of the wreck suggests it could be hundreds of years old.

Thousands of copper nails were found still embedded in the wreckage, which could indicate that the ship had a hull lined with copper.

The wreck was found on a beach near Riga in Latvia (Image: Rigas Brivosta via Pen News)

A mysterious 40ft shipwreck that is potentially hundreds of years old has been discovered on a Latvian beach.

Locals found the wreck on Daugavgrīva beach near the country’s capital Riga when they came across some exposed beams.

But when excavators arrived to investigate further, the full scale of the shipwreck was revealed.

One section of the wreckage was revealed to be 39ft long and 13ft wide.

The exact origin of the ship has yet to be discovered, but evidence at the site of the wreck suggests it could be hundreds of years old.

Thousands of copper nails were found still embedded in the wreckage, which could indicate that the ship had a hull lined with copper.

An aerial view of the wreck (Image: Rigas Brivosta via Pen News)

This was popular among Royal Navy ships as well as merchant vessels in the 1800s, including the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark which has a copper lined hull.

The technique made ships smoother below the waterline, which allowed for greater speed and better handling than a bumpy wooden hull which could become corroded by salt water over time.

Though the copper plates themselves are long gone, the nails remain as evidence they were once there.

One of the archaeologists who worked on the site said: “The further we dug the clearer it became – the find is significantly bigger than any of us could have predicted.

Archaeologists are now deciding how best to approach the wreck (Image: Rigas Brivosta via Pen News)

“We got rid of a sand blanket over 11 metres long and at least four metres wide.

“We realised that that wasn’t everything either – more probably sleeps under the sand, maybe even a whole ship!”

A spokesperson for Latvia’s National Cultural Heritage Board said that it is possible that the ship dates from the 19th century, saying: “Copper plating of underwater parts of ships was started by the British in the late 18th century, so this wreck probably dates back to the 19th century.”

The timber used in the wreck is oak, which was a popular shipbuilding material in the UK until the mid-1800s.

Archaeologists are currently figuring out how to best go about excavating and exploring the wreckage.

In the meantime, the ship has been reburied to ensure it remains preserved.

Teams will now try to image the wreck underground with radar, to reveal the full scale of the mysterious shipwreck.

Watch video:

An aerial view of the wreck (Image: Rigas Brivosta via Pen News)
This was popular among Royal Navy ships as well as merchant vessels in the 1800s, including the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark which has a copper lined hull.

The technique made ships smoother below the waterline, which allowed for greater speed and better handling than a bumpy wooden hull which could become corroded by salt water over time.

Though the copper plates themselves are long gone, the nails remain as evidence they were once there.

One of the archaeologists who worked on the site said: “The further we dug the clearer it became – the find is significantly bigger than any of us could have predicted.

Archaeologists are now deciding how best to approach the wreck (Image: Rigas Brivosta via Pen News)
“We got rid of a sand blanket over 11 metres long and at least four metres wide.

“We realised that that wasn’t everything either – more probably sleeps under the sand, maybe even a whole ship!”

A spokesperson for Latvia’s National Cultural Heritage Board said that it is possible that the ship dates from the 19th century, saying: “Copper plating of underwater parts of ships was started by the British in the late 18th century, so this wreck probably dates back to the 19th century.”

The timber used in the wreck is oak, which was a popular shipbuilding material in the UK until the mid-1800s.

Archaeologists are currently figuring out how to best go about excavating and exploring the wreckage.

In the meantime, the ship has been reburied to ensure it remains preserved.

Teams will now try to image the wreck underground with radar, to reveal the full scale of the mysterious shipwreck.

Watch video:

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