Second Dive on the Treasure Ship

The cargo, as declared in Helsingør, Denmark on September 23, included sugar, fabrics and dyes. The ship also carried works of art that Catherine the Great had bought at auction in Amsterdam. The pieces belonged to Gerrit Braancamps, a Dutch art collector. The king of Denmark allowed them to pass through customs without any declaration. After the sinking, the Swedish ambassador of St Petersburg, Carl Ribbing, the landlord of Turku and Pori County baron Christopher Rappe, and the foreign minister of Russia Nikita Panin discussed the missing cargo but nothing further was done to save it. Only two of the paintings Catherine the Great bought are known by name.

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