A WRECKED merchant ship, once used by Dutch smugglers, is the focus of virtual dive footage shown on YouTube.

The vessel Melckmeyt was wrecked off a remote island near Iceland in 1659.

The clever use of digital footage allows viewers to get a look at the wreck from multiple angles and provides unique insights.


Key features such as the keel and the mast step are identified.

The vessel was wrecked apparently while being used in an illegal trade of Icelandic goods during a war between Denmark and Sweden.