Shipwreck: F53.15 F53.15

Shipwreck: F53.15
Name: F53.15
Vessel: merchant ship
Construction period: XVII century
Depth of occurrence: 10
Discovered: 2009
Start of research: 2010

Shipwreck photos

Site description

The F53.15 wreck constitutes the remains of a midsize sailing ship of ca. 20 meters in length, built and used in the first half of the 17th century. The ship was made of wood originating from the region of Gdańsk Pomerania. The ship’s tonnage (capacity) is estimated at ca. 60-70 Polish lasts. The ship carried iron ore (osmond) in pine barrels, as well as iron bars. The ship’s load was probably imported to Gdańsk from Sweden, and after processing in Gdańsk, was scheduled to be carried further, in full or in part, to the Western European ports.

Circumstances of the discovery

The wreck was discovered in 2009 by the employees of the Department of Maritime Measurements in the Maritime Office in Gdynia.

Course of research

The exploratory works of the wreck were conducted by the archaeologists of the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in 2010 and 2011. In 2019, the NMM research team conducted the thorough site inventory by performing a 3D model.


The ship was built in the first half of the 17th century.

Research photos

  • Narodowe Muzeum Morskie w Gdańsku
  • śladami średniowiecznych wraków
  • śladami średniowiecznych wraków

The "Gulf of Gdańsk Shipwreck Virtual Open-Air Museum" website ( has been created under the "Gulf of Gdańsk Shipwreck Virtual Open-Air Museum. Recording and Inventory of Underwater Archaeological Heritage" scientific research project, co-financed with the funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.