Our story began in September 2016, when we had our first diving expedition. We started
exploring the depths of the Baltic Sea, searching for and documenting the shipwrecks
we found along the way. Our first joint expedition has led us to the wreckage of the SMS
Friedrich Carl. It gave us truly valuable insights on the impressive heritage lying at the
bottom of the Baltic Sea. During our initial expedition, we have also discovered and
identified the SS Edith Bosselmann and the SS Tristan. These findings have provided us
some perspective on what to expect in our further missions.
A visit to these wrecks is like a journey through time – these sights are more impressive
and authentic than any museum. Perfectly conserved – due to the special conditions
(low salt, low oxygen, darkness and cold) – these wrecks can stay unchanged for
hundreds of years. Unfortunately, these unique wrecks are for the most part covered
with lost fishing nets, sometimes even with several layers of it, which can cause dramatic
damage to the wreck sites and to the whole ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.
Trawling is a huge problem, caused by irresponsible fishing practices. These sometimes
kilometer-long nets not only destroy the wrecks, but also create deadly traps for the fish,
seeking protection in these artificial reefs. It is heartbreaking to witness how much fish
has to die painfully, especially considering how little fish there is in the Baltic Sea in
general. In the future, these lost nets are going to cause terrible threat not only for the
whole ecosystem of the Baltic Sea, but also for each and every one of us. Due to the
high plastic content in these ghost nets, over the years, they will dissolve into the plastic
granules, which will end up on our food plates.
Here comes the Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project – we make it our mission to protect
the past and the future of the Baltic Sea.