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Keywords:

  • Die Frau Metta Catharina von Flensburg;
  • 18th century;
  • Plymouth Sound;
  • ‘Russia’ leather’

The Danish brigantine Die Frau Metta Catharina von Flensburg, outward bound from St Petersburg to Genoa, was wrecked in Plymouth Sound in 1786. With the consent of the wreck's owner, HRH The Prince of Wales, sports divers carried out a 30-year-long project to excavate and display material from the site. Aspects of shipboard life aboard this 18th-century Baltic trader, together with an insight into her remarkable cargo of ‘Russia’ leather, have been presented to audiences in the UK and abroad. This paper presents a summary of the project upon its completion in 2006.

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