Wrecks in the Wadden Sea

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In the Wadden Sea are several shipwrecks which are a source of pleasure and knowledge for divers and archaeologists. Storms threaten the wreckage and the remains of ships threaten to fall apart. This is a piece of history lost. The National Office of Cultural Heritage cherishes the marti tieme history and the wrecks included in a program Maritime Heritage.

The wreck of the West Indiaman


Valuable shipwrecks in the Wadden Sea are threatened by turmoil in the stormy water. Diving archaeologists studying the remains of a shipwreck and discover the wrecks threaten to fall apart.
In the Wadden Sea are hundreds of wrecks dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The ship remains disappear under the sand and come occasionally back above the sand, because the messengers of the Wadden Sea is always moving. In the twentieth century many ships were again visible to the divers.
Sometimes currents are diverted by natural conditions or by human intervention. The construction of the Dam has caused a powerful current that runs differently than before. Wrecks therefore churned again exposed.

Historical value

In the Wadden Sea are stunning wrecks of historical significance. The National Office of Cultural Heritage has a program Maritime Heritage. Within that program came a dive survey to map the wrecks.
About twelve wrecks are now on the list of finds of great value. This involves vessels from the Golden Age, armed merchant ships, divers, archaeologists and naval experts make your mouth water.
There are more wrecks in the Wadden Sea than twelve now registered. The knowledge is there coaxed from historical reports. Sometimes the wreck did not slump to the bottom but it drifted to the Frisian coast. There were enough fans to dismantle the wreck.

Bridge Sand

An example of a discovered gem beneath the waves of the Wadden Sea is the wreck which lies southeast of Texel in Sand Bridge. It appears to be a merchant vessel that transported goods from the Dutch colonies in America. Never before a wreck of such a West Indiaman was found.
In tonnes of tropical hardwood transported the ship:
  • Coffee;
  • cacoa.
What further wrecks surfaced are:
  • Clock;
  • pots and pans;
  • guns;
  • weaponry;
  • Bob lake;
  • hourglasses;
  • pitchers.

Antiques Regout Plate - Photo Dirk Visser

Pole Worm

Major threat to all wrecks in the Wadden Sea:
  • Pole Worm;
  • storm.
The divers came up with a solution to prevent damage churned. Before that they cover the wrecks with scaffolding netting. Thanks to this mesh stabilizes the wreck and is flooded again with sand, which works as a protective layer.
The North Sea is dotted with scheepswraken richer than the Wadden Sea. There are thousands of wrecks that, insofar as they do not lie under the sand, are home to anemones, crabs and lobsters.


On the beach of Ameland coils regularly attributes that are likely to come from ancient shipwrecks. Famous are the wodkakruikjes.
Extraordinary is the antique crockery.
Vodka Kruikje Ameland Read the story of a rambler from neighbors about the wodkakruikjes of Ameland:
?? Some are full. Each jar has approximately the same shape and color. It is well known here in Buren, through the stories of elderly people who should know according to tradition, this so-called pitchers of the ship that is stranded in the distant past in the trench southeast of the Oerd or start the Hon. This ship was filled with vodka and irregular coils are today still in jugs. This channel is called popularly Vodka Trench. Multiple beachcombers to the east also have many stand jar on the windowsill. Some few dozen.
Wrecks on the map of Ameland are all stranded ships with the name of the skipper, what the ship was carrying, what destiny had it, etc. However, this card does not go back beyond the year 1811. Before that time there was no record or register. On this map wrecks the ship has not been reported. So far we can not find any information beyond the tales of lore. Being handmade pitchers are, we can determine approximately what time this must have been. After all, later the jars were made by machine and later were mostly glass bottles. It may be that the pottery is made in Germany. Nassau pottery, Westerwolde, baardmankruikjes? One can think of the years 1750-1800 but this is just an indication.
It is certainly worthwhile to find out what this kind of story behind it. These are admittedly but pitchers but we know that they come from the decaying ship out the vodka gully. This channel has been virtually blocked. So far the story of the wodkakruikjes from the vodka gully. ??

Wodkakruikjes on Ameland

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