Researchers found a Dutch shipwreck from early in the 16th century while cleaning up containers that went overboard from the MSC Zoe on New Year's eve. This is the oldest shipwreck ever discovered in Dutch waters, the National Cultural Heritage Agency said on Wednesday.
A diving team found the wreck of a two-master near Texel which has been identified as the SS Nordlyset. The cargo ship sank during a storm in 1877 while transporting a load of grain from Riga to Antwerp, NOS reports.
The ship encountered problems near Texel during a severe north-westerly storm on December 15th, 1877. It sank almost immediately. Several rescue workers from Den Helder were killed during a rescue operation for the crew of the ship. Of the 23 people who ended up in the water, nine drowned. The others made it to shore.
An oil spill was discovered off the coast of Vlissingen this weekend. The spill in the Westerschelde is believed to originate from Spyros Armenakis, a Greek ship that sank 800 meters off the Vlissingen boulevard in 1965, Omroep Zeeland reports.
The ship still had fuel on it when it sank. The fuel was largely pumped out years ago, but a small amount remained. Some of it also leaked out four years ago.
The Netherlands and Indonesia are going to work together to protect Dutch shipwrecks in Indonesian waters, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs agreed with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi during Blok's visit to Jakarta, AD reports.
The body of the second of two divers that went missing in the Grevelingenmeer on Saturday, was found on Monday afternoon. Like the body of the first diver, divers from the Royal Netherlands Navy found this man's body in a shipwreck, RTV Rijnmond reports.
Two divers went missing the Grevelingenmeer in Scharendijke in Zeeland on Saturday evening. The body of one of the two divers was found on Sunday evening. The search for the second diver continues on Monday, NU.nl reports.
A spokesperson for the police told the newspaper that the body of the missing diver was found late in the evening, shortly before the search was called off for the day. He could not say exactly where the body was found.
A body was found on Scheveningen beach in Den Haag around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The identity of the victim is not yet known. The police are investigating, AD reports.
The body was found near the Zuiderstrandtheater parking lot. The police believe the body washed ashore. How the victim died is unclear.
A group of archaeologists found, in their words, the "largest and by far the richest archaeological site of the Netherlands" in the floodplains of the Maas river between Alphen and Dreumel. There they made over 100 thousand discoveries over the past seven years, including the remains of a Roman settlement, mammoths, and a large number of shipwrecks, NOS reports.
The Dutch government should do more to protect historic shipwrecks in the Wadden Sea and North Sea from looters, tides and mussel bank constructions, the five coastal provinces wrote in a letter to Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science. If there is no intervention, hundreds of those historic shipwrecks and their sometimes precious cargo may be lost, they write, NOS reports.
The provinces want an investigation to be done to map the status of the shipwrecks. Based on the results, the necessary measures can be taken.
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."
A medieval 20 meter long and 50 ton heavy cargo ship was slowly, but steadily lifted out of the IJssel near Kampen on Wednesday. The ship's emergence from the water was met wit loud applause from about a thousand spectators who came to watch the operation. Thousands more followed the progress via livestream
A search team discovered a shipwreck during the search operation for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370.