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ahoy sip-mate 300-year-old Irish ship that sank after crew got drunk discovered by scuba divers


Scuba divers have discovered the wreck of a 300-year-old Irish ship that ran aground off the southern Norwegian coast after the crew got drunk. 

The Providentz sank in relatively shallow waters off Mandal despite calm weather following a North Sea crossing in November, 1720.

The entire crew had been drunk as they sailed the ship towards the coast, according to the pilot’s statement, where they ran it aground. They were all rescued, along with the anchor, sails and rigging.

Three centuries later and divers from the Mandal Dive Club, one of the leading clubs in Norway have found a number of artefacts from the Providentz, including a large clay pot, a chalk pipe, bottles and porcelain.

“The bottom is full of beautiful objects. They are close, intact and completely intact. It is incredible to find something like this,” Ragnvald Eeg, one of the team members who inspected the wreck, revealed.

For Jørgen Johannessen , researcher and archaeologist at the Norwegian Maritime Museum, “everything is incredibly well preserved”.

“There are very few in such good condition as this one. The jug does not have a single button. In addition, the ship is very complete because it is so old. This makes it very special.”

Divers and archaeologists are astonished by how well-preserved the ship and its possessions are, however, most of the remains will be left on the sea bottom for divers to explore.

“We know that such finds are very attractive to wreck-looters,” said another of the museum’s archaeologists, Frode Kvalø. “At the same time, we think it’s important that divers should be able to go down to see such wrecks.”

The rare discovery that was made recently attracted huge attention after it was aired on the NRK television network.

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