a newfound fluyt in the Baltic Sea takes us on a journey into our shared, undiscovered history

a documentary film — 58min & 72min

Produced by
Hanna Hemila/Handle Productions

Co-produced by
Annemiek van der Hell/Windmillfilms

Written by Beata Harju

Directed by Sakari Suuronen

© Handle Productions, Windmill Film 2021


In the summer of 2020, a team of scientific and technical divers from Finland, known as Badewanne, discovered a uniquely well-preserved wooden ship wreck. A fluyt. It is a Dutch type of merchant vessel, estimated to date back to the 16th or 17th century.

It has been entombed on the Baltic Sea bed for over 400 years.


Dating back to the Renaissance, The Baltic Sea has been a key trade route connecting the inhabitants around the sea with England, Holland and Russia. Seafaring allowed the spread of tools and materials, new inhabitants with their knowledge and language, religion and culture — thus greatly influencing the geopolitical landscape between these nations and ushering globalization into a modernizing world.

The fluyt with its construction was a technological invention, and quickly became a staple in global sea trade.


Fluyt is a documentary feature using this astounding Finnish discovery as a means to paint a reflective picture of seafaring on the Baltic Sea and its impact on our shared heritage. With the help of the Finnish Heritage Agency, international maritime archaeologists, scientific and technical divers and historical recordings, we will further discover the origins of the Fluyt, the reason for her demise, and the ultimate fate of her crew


Our film will intertwine the research-driven dive and an investigative process of elimination with the animated journey of seafaring archetypes of the time. Approaching historical facts with animation will allow us to see the typical circumstances under which a young sailor would set out on the dangerous journey across the Baltic Sea, and to visualize the early diversification of risk in ship ownership, and the birth of the first modern stock exchange, insurance instruments, and speculative investments that came out of the increased seafaring.

We have been very interconnected for significantly longer than we think.