Since 1970 numerous old cannon and ammunition had been found on the ground of the Baltic Sea close to Kiel, capital of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, by diver Rolf Lorenz. In 2008 underwater archaeologists of the universities of Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-Universität) and Esbjerg (Syddansk Universität) under purview of the State Bureau for Archaeology discovered the reason for the earlier finds. Only a kilometer off the coast where today stands the lighthouse of Bülk, the warship ‘Prinsessan Hedvig Sofia’, one of the biggest of its time, sank on April 25, 1715. The discovery of the Swedish flagship led to perennial research on the topic of the Great Northern War headed by Ralf Bleile, PH.D., director of the State Museum for Archaeology (a department of Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf). The results will be presented in an international exhibition about the ship, the Great Northern War and the splendour of the baroque monarchs opening on May 29, 2015:

Of Swords, Sails and Cannon – the Sinking of the Princess Hedvig Sofia

Castle Gottorp, Schleswig: May 29 – October 4, 2015
The Maritime Museum of Finland, Kotka: November 13, 2015 – March 27, 2016

More information can be found in the English-language brochure.
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