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Wreck of Dutch Warship Huis de Kreuningen Discovered

The long lost wreck of Dutch warship Huis de Kreuningen has been discovered. In the inviting, lucid blue waters of the southern Caribbean, just north east of the its governing island of Trinidad, lives the small islet of Tobago. This exotic enclave just outside the hurricane belt has been a key focus point since 1498. In its bloody history the island has traded hands well over two dozen times. Under the smooth surface waters of Rockley bay, a cache of nautical history has been discovered.

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In March of this year, Korum Batchvarov, an assistant professor of maritime archaeology discovered what he believes to be the long lost wreck of the Huis de Kreuningen.

The Huis de Kreuningen was taken by the loathsome sea in March of 1677 during a volatile marine skirmish between the French and Dutch navy. The captain of doomed vessel new that all hope was lost and as a final desperate action to keep his beloved ship from falling into the hands of the French, Captain Romer Vlacq set fire to a supply of powder charge; igniting the ships hull and sending it to reside in its somber aquatic slumber for over 200 years. After the battle was over, 14 ships in all had been taken under the water and only a few of the sailors would ever touch the shores again.

Batchvarov and his crew set out to Rockley bay on hunches based on historical accounts. His team used modern remote sensors to shoot invisible radar waves into the water and Geographic Positioning Systems to track their locations.

When a malfunction occurred with the teams GPS systems Batchvarov and a few men dove into the south Caribbean waters and scouted the location below them. Immediately the team spotted the bottom of a large cast iron cannon and then within minutes had discovered a vast hodge podge of 17th century relics.

After further study, Batchvarov and his men estimate the body of the ship to be 40 meters (130 feet) in length and to have contained an astonishing 56 guns. In 1677 only two ships shared the same dimensions and had the same amount of armaments; the candidates were The Huis de Kreuningen and the Dutch’s flagship the Beschirming. The latter of the two possibilities had been ruled out due to the fact that the Bescherming was reported to have survived the battle.

Sadly, Batchvarov reburied all the found artifacts until a facility is available to properly conserve them. After the find was announced the U.S Department Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation awarded Batchvarov a large grant of money to fund expeditions as soon as next year.

When Batchvarov is finished with the site all of the found relics are due to be placed on display in Trinidad and Tobago.



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