For about a month, divers of the Undersea Research Center (URC) of the Russian Geographical Society have been working in the area of the Outer Islands of the Gulf of Finland in close cooperation with the expedition of “Hogland".
Modern equipment has helped the URC researchers take images of 50 underwater artefacts; 22 sunken ships were previously unknown. The divers examined about 10 wrecks and raised unique things from the bottom of the Gulf of Finland.
A bronze gun was raised from the sailing-screw frigate "Oleg" that sunk 149 years ago. This half-ton weapon was raised with the help of a floating crane. The gun is in good condition.
A tea set of XIX century, miraculously spared - teapots, cups, saucers and sugar bowls - was raised from the English ketch that sunk to the north-east of Hogland between 1860 and 1880 years. On the dishes there are stamps of two small firms Davenport and Isaac Wilson & C.
It is interesting that there are ships of the Great Patriotic War period among the ships discovered by the Undersea Research Center, for example, an armored small sea hunter BMO-318. These “ships of victory” as they were called by sailors for improved combat characteristics, were built in besieged Leningrad. Not a single vessel has survived of 64 ones. Therefore, the BMO-318 is to be examined with special care.
In 2019, the Undersea Research Center will continue its research.