A team of Dutch and British maritime archaeologists are working on excavating Dutch ship the Rooswijk, which sank on the Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent in 1740. This is the largest ever excavation of a Dutch East India Company shipwreck, BBC reports.
The Dutch government ordered a salvage operation for the cargo of an 18th century Dutch East Indies ship which sank near Kent, England in 1740. An international team will salvage the cargo of De Rooswijk between July and October, NU.nl reports.
Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science called De Rooswijk a "time capsule" in an interview with AD on Tuesday. The ship offers "a unique view into the past", the departing Minster said. "The archeological information we can gain from this wreck is extremely valuable to describe this period in history."