Historic champagne cargo retrieved from sea bed

Photo: Anders Näsman, Erik Saanila ja Jan-Ole Nordlin


From Yle


A group of Swedish divers have begun lifting to the surface a sunken consignment of champagne dating from the 1700’s from the seabed in the Åland Islands.

Diving for the liquid treasure of around 80 champagne bottles started last week.

The bottles are located in the hull of a vessel that sunk sometime in the eighteenth century.

Both the vessel and its cargo of champagne are property of the Åland autonomous region. It has not yet decided what to do with the bottles. 


French experts have tasted the contents and determined it to be champagne.



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