A thousand shipwrecked stories call from a Baltic seabed

HELSINKI (AFP) – Riikka Alvik rests her chin in her palm as she imagines the last terrifying moments of the life of a 13-year-old girl trapped in a cabin on the St. Mikael as it mysteriously sank in the icy Baltic.

"We found her skeleton," says Alvik, a marine archaeologist and curator with Finland's National Board of Antiquities.

"She never got out. Think of the panic she felt as the cabin filled with icy water -- it was November, after all."

November 1747, that is....

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