The Palmwood wreck discovered

Buttons from an oriental kaftan, found in the Palmwood wreck

As diver in the Wadden Sea you often only have maximum vision of half a metre as the water is so cloudy. Despite the limited vision, people in the Duikclub Texel (Diving Club Texel) sometimes come across a spectacular discovery. This also occurred in 2014, when sand washed away on the Burgzand exposed a new part of the wreck lying there.

Exclusive cargo

The ship was wrecked on the Texel Roads in approximately 1650. The ship had just returned from a far journey, with boxwood as deck cargo. Boxwood, also known as palmwood, is high quality hardwood which was destined for luxury furniture making. For this reason, the wreck was given the name ‘Palmwood Wreck’. But wood was not the only cargo. Divers also found a unique collection of seventeenth century textiles with corresponding utensils in the wreck.


The objects from the Palmwood Wreck are property of the Dutch government. The finds have been extensively researched and conserved. Some artefacts have been restored. A selection of objects from the Palmwood Wreck is on display in the exhibition in the basement of the entrance building at Museum Kaap Skil from the end of 2022.