Skip to comments.Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard
Posted on 07/10/2014 10:31:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world, named the Mars for the Roman god of war, but it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564, consigning 800 to 900 Swedish and German sailors and a fortune in gold and silver coins to the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Now, a few years after the ship's discovery, researchers have concluded that the one-of-a-kind ship is also the best preserved ship of its kind, representing the first generation of Europe's big, three-masted warships.
Naval historians know a lot about 17th-century ships, but very little about warships from the 16th century, said Johan Rönnby, a professor of maritime archaeology at Södertörn University in Sweden, who is studying the 197-foot-long (60 meter) wreck...
Researchers have found cargo from early warships called galleonsslightly later iterations of the type of vessel the Mars exemplifies. And they've recovered pieces of actual ships, including the English flagship Mary Rose, which sank during a battle in 1545. But never have they found something as well preserved as the Mars.
Rönnby and his team want to leave the Mars on the seafloor and instead use three-dimensional scans and photographs to share the wreck with the world...
Bringing a ship out of the ocean is expensive, and it can cause significant harm to artifacts. The laser scans Lundgren and colleagues have taken are accurate to within 0.08 inches (2 millimeters)more than enough to satisfy most researchers...
In fact, when Lundgren and colleagues brought a piece of the ship's hull to the surface, they noticed a charred scent wafting from the burnt wood...
(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...
The Mars lies at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where it sank during a naval battle in 1564. A diver at upper right provides scale. COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPH BY TOMASZ STACHURA, OCEAN DISCOVERY
There is no treasure there except the stuff I misplaced and need to have returned.
Did they get a lot of gold out of the ship?
God bless you and yours!
What excellent preservation. Quite a video.
was the largest wooden clipper ever built.
Great Republic - Free Republic - both noteworthy items.
That is gorgeous!
Thanks, Sunken Civ! :-)
Simply amazing! Thanks...
How could it be any other way?
Thank SunkenCiv who works so hard finding these articles of archaeological and historical interest. I am an aging coot who does not even know how to start duch threads or import the articles. God bless you and yours!
Told ya people were dying for some more GGG posts.
I’m sorry that a website isn’t available exclusively for such great information on historical and archeological posts and conversation.
Where and how they stored the gunpowder might have been a design flaw.
Biblical Archaeology Review (and its short-lived and sorely missed spinoff Archaeology Odyssey) at least used to list dig opportunities. At the very least there’s probably a page on the website.
For a while now it has been in vogue to market to tourists — pay for a vacation and spend it sleeping in tents and digging in the ground at a dig site. It helps get a lot more done during the digging season (or the period of the permit) and fill gaps between possible and would be nice in their grants.
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