Historic shipwreck destroyed by coastal erosion (Sylt, Germany)
In October 2016, a Dutch-built shipwreck of ca. 1690 at Sylt’s southern tip – Hörnum Odde – was reported to the State Archaeology Department of Schleswig-Holstein (ALSH). The substantial hull remains came to light as a result of strong tidal currents and an underlying erosion process. The site was located at the outer extent of the intertidal zone and only accessible at low tide and offshore winds. Thus, the location of the site imposed a special challenge, as its location in the surf zone neither allowed for an underwater survey, nor a proper terrestrial excavation. Therefore, the recording method had to be extremely time-efficient in order to gather as much data as possible within a very short time-frame. By New Year, the entire wrecksite was reported missing. It was reclaimed by the sea as a result of coastal erosion and winter storms.
Zwick, D., A late 17th-century ‘Double Dutch’ construction in the North Frisian Wadden Sea: The case of the Hörnum Odde wreck on the Island of Sylt, Germany. In G. Boetto, P. Pomey, P. Poveda (eds.), Open Sea … Closed Sea. Local and inter-regional traditions in shipbuilding. (= Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Boat & Ship Archaeology, Marseille 22-27 October 2018). Paris 2021, pp. 203-209.