Ármúli 4, 108 Reykjavik
Iceland

The Project

Introduction

The project started out as a high risk (money wise) search and recovery operation for the ship Het Wapen van Amsterdam ran aground in the south coast of Iceland on September 19th 1667.  The only way the investors would get their money back was by locating the ship, dig it out of the sand and hope that the acclaimed treasure was still in the ship.

By doing some out of the box thinking, getting together a great team and exploiting the opportunities that Iceland is offering, the project has evolved into an adventure that has large potential of making profit every year, regardless the outcome of the search and recovery operation.

This can be achieved by carrying out the search, hopefully followed by the recovery and making the whole adventure accessible to people via TV and on location experience. This is the plan.

Search and Recovery

There is no doubt that Het Wapen van Amsterdam was stranded on the south east coast of Iceland on September 19th 1667 and sank in the sand.

The location is known, but the vast sand area is “alive” and it is expected that the wreck has moved a lot with the sand and surrounding geology since 1667.

The task is to locate Het Wapen van Amsterdam and recover the ship and/or the valuables.

This will be done in two stages.  The first stage will be to locate the ship using todays technology and without disturbing the surrounding habitat.

When the search team is confident that they have located the ship (by analyzing 3D computer images), they will call in the archaeologists and take the next step in cooperation with The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, before drilling down to the wreck to collect samples.

If the analysis of the samples indicates that they originate from the 1600’s, the mission then enters the next stage, which is the recovery of the ship and/or the valuables.

This will be the most delicate step, carried out in full cooperation with the Icelandic government, The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, archaeologists, land­owners and also the Icelandic people.

Decisions have to be made when the facts are clear, but there are many questions.

If the ship is in “good shape”: Should it be moved or left at the site?

If the ship is to be left at the site: Should all or part of its valuables and/or antiques be removed from the wreckage?

If the ship is to be moved: Do we need a bigger museum, like the Vasa Museum in Stockholm that was built for the Vasa ship that sank in 1628, and is now one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia?

More than 25 million people have visited the Vasa Museum since it opened in 1990.

The search and recovery team is confident that they will locate the ship in the sand, but the next steps will depend on the condition of the ship and joint decisions made by the team, the Icelandic government, The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, archaeologists and other specialists.

Search and Recovery

The crew working on this project have already started gathering information and TV clips and has started filming.  The documentary will partly be financed by grants both from Iceland and the Netherlands.  The documentary will be shown in the 1667 museum and is expected to be sold to TV stations in Iceland and the Netherlands.

The search and recovery team is confident that they will locate the ship in the sand however, the next steps will depend on the condition of the ship and joint decisions made by the team, the Icelandic government, The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, archaeologists and other specialists.

Some of the material gathered and filmed for the documentary will also be used in the 1667 TV Series.

TV Series

The crew working on this project has already started gathering information and TV clips and has begun filming.  The documentary will partly be financed by grants both from Iceland and the Netherlands.  The documentary will be showed in the 1667 museum and is expected to be sold to TV stations in Iceland and the Netherlands.

​Without a doubt TV shows about treasure hunts and shipwrecks are extremely popular TV material.

Some of the material gathered and filmed for the documentary will also be used in the 1667 TV Series.

Series as The Sea Hunters and Billion Dollar Wreck are shown all around the World.

The plan is to make at least one TV series about the search (and hopefully the recovery) of Het Wapen van Amsterdam.

Three companies will be involved in the making of the TV series: Sagafilm, Rec and Warehouse 51 Productions.

The material gathered during the making of the 1667 documentary will be used for the TV series.

The TV series will partly be financed by grants both from Iceland and the Netherlands and by selling the series to TV stations around the world.

One more possibility to generate revenues from the TV series while in making, is to use one of OZ solutions, creating a club with a special app from OZ where everyone interested in treasure hunts can get the 1667 Club app where they will be able to follow the search and the making of the TV series.  For a few dollars each month they will get more detailed information and clips.  These Club apps can attract 100,000+ followers from all around the world.

Next Steps

NOW

The search mission is on track, but the next step will be to rent the necessary equipment to start the scanning off the search area, buy vehicles etc.

The work on the documentary has already started, but the project needs funding until grants starts kicking in.

The work on the TV series are on track, but soon more people have to get involved which calls for travels and salaries.

NEAR FUTURE

​The new board of the company will make decisions regarding the next steps, which includes building the museum, the hotel and hopefully the recovery mission.