In the late 1600s, a merchant ship sank next to the island of Jutholmen outside of Dalarö. It was carrying a cargo of tar and iron. The actual name of the ship remains unknown, so today it's known simply as the Jutholmen wreck.

In the 1970s, Sjöhistoriska accompanied by a team of sport divers, made a survey of a shipwreck lying just off the western tip of Jutholmen outside of Dalarö. The excavation yielded a large amount of finds and wreck parts, which are now held by Sjöhistoriska museet. From the finds we can tell the wreck sank sometime in the late 1600s. The ship had a cargo of tar and iron--major Swedish exports--so it's assumed that the ship was headed for a foreign port.

Gold Finds

It's believed there were some high class passengers on board the ship. Among the finds were gold rings, fine brass buttons, objects decorated with amber and Chinese porcelain. It's believed the members of the crew would not have had such high status items.

Documantation of the wreck

In the summer of 2008, Sjöhistoriska's archaeology unit went back to the Jultholmen wreck. This time the investigation focused on the hull. The objective was to document the wreck in order to be able to monitor its change over time. Additionally, the investigation focused on questions surrounding how the ship was built. The results have provided new knowledge on how a merchant ship from the last 1600s could look.