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A short description of Vrakfeber 2, Wreck fewer 2

This program (8 x ½ hour) is about wrecks in the Baltic Sea. The first episode starts from Sveaborg, the fortress built in the middle of the 16th century when the Swedes were fighting against the Russians about the hegemony of the Baltic Sea. This fortress, situated just outside Helsinki, was called “The Nordic Gibraltar”. We dive to different kinds of wrecks beside the old rout to Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. The wrecks are both old ones from the middle off 1700 but also ships built of steel from  early 1900.

Every ship chosen has an interesting story to tell about. We explain the reason to the accident and how it happened and if there was any consequences of the accident. The programs take us from Helsinki to Stockholm and during the trip we explain how the seamen in former days could travel in these very dangerous waters and why they had to use the rout and not go in the middle of the sea where there is less stones and grounds.

In the last episode we are on our way back to Finland from Sweden and then we by accident meet the group diving on the champagne wreck. This is the top story to end the program with.

In the programs we also talk about safety matters onboard and about safety during diving. We use underwater telephones to be able to communicate diver to diver and diver to surface. - We also make a night dive, a very special feeling to dive into the sea in the middle of the night with no visibility at all but the lights from the lamps. - The circumstances to dive in the Baltic Sea are very demanding with bad visibility if you compare with other seas and lot of wind and waves.  The compensation is that the wrecks are in surprisingly good shape even if they have been on the bottom of the sea in hundreds of years. This is because of the small amount of salt which keep Terra Navalis out of The Baltic Sea. Terra Navalis eats wood and destroys wooden ships in no time. The salty waters in the Atlantic destroys metal also much faster than in the Baltic Sea so the ships preserve very well in these waters. Beside diving and finding wrecks we also try to find out which wreck it is about if we are not sure. This detective job is something we also show in the program.

In the first episodes of wreck fever two years ago we tried to find a wreck that is said to be somewhere in the archipelago outside Åbo in the southwestern part of Finland. This ship belonged to Maria Sofia De La Gardie, in those days one of the richest women in the world. - In this  program we try to find out if there was an accident at all, or if this is a false rumor? -It seems to be so, they say in the National archive of Sweden, Stockholm. We got although the opportunity to dive to a wreck that might be the one supposed to have sunk in Finland but this one lies outside Stockholm and belonged to the brother of Maria Sofia De La Gardie. This ship is called the “Dalarö vraket” (The wreck of Dalarö).

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