I found this article from 2001 while looking for something else altogether — isn’t that always the way? From the Telegraph’s archives: There’s a ship in my onions.
Managing a farm in Europe these days is no easy task, with such problems as mad cow disease and severe flooding with which to to contend. Farmers in central Holland, though, face a rather more unusual hazard — ancient ships keep popping up in the middle of their crops.
Roelof Wester, the owner of a 100-acre farm in Emmeloord, 70 miles north-east of Amsterdam, was ploughing his onion fields last year when his tractor struck something hard. He recalled: "I thought it was the deep roots of a tree. But, when I started digging, I found that it covered a big area and I began to see planks. To my surprise, I realised I had found a complete ship." [continue]