The Vrouw Maria
The Vrouw Maria was a Dutch ship which was carrying valuable paintings by Dutch masters from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg, Russia. The ship sunk in 1771 near the cost of Finland when it encountered a storm, lost its rudder and rammed into a rock. The ship was carrying food items, clothing, paintings and other valuables to Catherine the Great.
In 1999, a Finish team of explorers discovered this sunken ship relatively intact and in very good condition on the ocean floor. Historians and marine archeologists are extremely excited about finding this ship almost completely intact because it will teach them a lot of information about 18th century seafaring life.
The ship and its contents are currently being mapped and documented. It’ll probably take several years before the ship (and hopefully the valuable paintings!) are brought to the surface.