The waters around Dalarö, just 40 km south of Stockholm, hold many well preserved wrecks--several of which are from the 17th century.

The many shipwrecks to be found on the seabed around Dalarö ended up there for different reasons. Some ran aground in poor weather, others broke free from moorings in a storm and still others burned. But why are there so many wrecks around Dalarö?

The answer is simply that the Dalarö area was frequented heavily by ship traffic. Dalarö has served as a shipping hub for transportation to and from Stockholm for hundreds of years. Naval ships in the Dalarö roadstead could lie under the protective gaze of the naval fortress called Dalarö Skans. Pilots located in the area would assist with navigation through the archipelago and in the 1630s, a customs house was built in Dalarö to tax and regulate goods headed to and from Stockholm.

Furthermore, Dalarö had one of the biggest sea pubs in the archipelago. There, sailors could get a hot meal, drinks and company. Sailors would spend time there waiting for customs clearance, for the ice to clear or for favorable winds.